Ten ladies in red aim to star in November Series
Ten Munster players recently took part in a two-day training camp for the Ireland women's squad ahead of their first ever November Series.
Ireland captain Niamh Briggs, Ciara Griffin, Anna Caplice, Leah Lyons, Chloe Pearse, Zoe Grattage, Fiona Hayes, Fiona Reidy, Liz Burke and Niamh Kavanagh were part of the squad.
Head coach Tom Tierney, a former Munster player, has included a number of uncapped players as he continues to develop his squad ahead of the Women's Rugby World Cup, which takes place in Ireland next August.
On confirmation of the squad, Tierney said: "As we prepare for three big games this November we have selected a squad that contains a nice blend of youth and experience.
"A number of the players selected made their debuts against England last November and since then have continued to develop as players with their clubs, provinces and with Ireland during last season's Six Nations. We've also included some uncapped players who have been performing well for their clubs this season in the All-Ireland League. With the Women's Rugby World Cup now less than a year away, we have three very big Tests coming up in UCD, which will be the start of our build-up to Ireland 2017."
Also joining the squad at the weekend will be a number of players from the Ireland Women's Sevens side, who themselves are currently preparing for the first leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series, which will take place in Dubai on December 2/3.
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Ireland Women's Fixtures
Sunday, November 13: Ireland Women v England Women, UCD Bowl, 2pm
Saturday, November 19: Ireland Women v Canada Women, UCD Bowl, 2pm
Sunday, November 27: Ireland Women v New Zealand Women, UCD Bowl, 2pm.
Tralee kids enjoy contact rugby day
The Munster Community Rugby Department recently held a contact rugby day for the pupils in the national schools in and around Tralee.
Around 200 pupils from fifth and sixth classes attended an introduction to contact rugby session in Tralee RFC.
Munster Rugby Community Rugby Officers, Club Community Rugby Officers and club volunteers gave the students instructions on how to prepare for rugby, falling in the tackle and tackle technique exercises before facilitating conditioned rugby matches relevant to their experience and understanding.
A big thanks to Tralee RFC for hosting the event and to Sean Brosnan, Tralee CCRO, for organising the event.
The Community Rugby department at Munster Rugby comprises five Community Rugby Officers with each one responsible for a group of clubs, schools and colleges within an allocated geographic region. It also includes a Women's Development Officer, Girls Participation Officer, Limerick Regeneration Officer and 12 part-time Club Community Rugby Officers.
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The Munster Rugby Development Department have been introducing rugby into more than 80 secondary schools in recent months in preparation for Emerging Schools Blitzes.
The West Munster schools U-15 blitz took place in Tralee RFC last week. The first round of blitzes in the U-15 North Munster section were played the previous week in Clare (Lees Road), Limerick (Newcastle West RFC) and Tipperary (Kilfeacle RFC). The Emerging Schools initiative is building on the very successful first year of the programme in the 2015/'16 season and this year sees an additional U-17 blitz series.
The Community Rugby Officers are coaching rugby to students, many of whom have never played the sport, in schools from Kerry, West Cork, East Cork, Cork City, North Cork, Tipperary, Limerick, Waterford and Clare. The top two schools from each region will go into a finals day in Cork and Limerick after Christmas.
The aim of the initiative is to give as many young people as possible the opportunity to play rugby with the venture proving a great success so far.