Emerging schools strut their stuff
The Marks and Spencer Munster Rugby Emerging Schools finals day recently took place in Cork and Limerick at Thomond Park Stadium and Irish Independent Park.
Emerging schools blitz days have been running throughout the province over the past couple of months for secondary school pupils attending non-traditional rugby-playing schools.
The U-15 age-grade pupils representing schools from the six Munster counties, have been taking part in 11-a-side rugby, coordinated by Munster Community Rugby Officers.
Schools that took part in the Thomond Park finals were Coláiste Mhuire Askeaton, Scoil Mhuire agus Ide NCW, Coláiste dun Iascaigh Cahir, St Caimin's, Rice College, St Patrick's Comp, finalists Abbey CBS Tipperary Town and eventual winners St Joseph's CBS Nenagh.
There were two finals at Irish Independent Park with players representing De La Salle Waterford, Waterpark College, St Fachtna's Skibbereen, Scoil Mhuire Gan Small Blarney, Mitchelstown CBS, Meanscoil Phadraig Naofa, Colaiste Chathail Naofa Dungarvan, Colaiste Pobail Bantry, Carrigaline CS, Colaiste Muire Crosshaven, St Marys CBS, St Pat's Castleisland and Tralee CBS taking part.
St Pat's Castleisland and Coláiste Pobail Bantry were the eventual winners and received their winning medals from former Munster and All Blacks player Doug Howlett.
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