Sunday 24 May 2015

U-17 blitz to give future of the game a healthy glow

Published 14/03/2014 | 02:30

Donal Clancy, managing director of Laya Healthcare
Donal Clancy, managing director of Laya Healthcare

Laya healthcare Munster Schools U-17 10-a-side rugby blitz takes place on April 9 in Crescent College Comprehensive, Limerick.

Following an extremely successful blitz last year, Munster Rugby is once again delighted to have Laya Healthcare on board as title sponsors for what is lining up to be a great event.

Over 40 schools from all over the province are expected to take part, which is fast developing the culture of fast, free-flowing, energetic and fun rugby.

Laya Healthcare's managing director Donal Clancy said at the launch in Limerick: "We are delighted and proud to once again be title sponsor of the Munster Rugby U-17 Schools Blitz.

"It is a fantastic event, with more than 400 students from all over Munster due to participate. We are even more excited this year with the addition of a touch rugby tournament, which opens the event up to mixed teams and so reaches a wider number of participants."

In addition to the 10s competition this year, the IRFU Leisure Rugby Department has come on board to run a 'touch rugby' event with over 15 teams expected to take part in this competition.

This event will cater for boys and girls and offers non-rugby players an opportunity to experience this hugely fun and explosive game of rugby.

IRFU leisure manager Olly Hodges said: "We are delighted to be running a touch rugby element to the Munster Rugby 10s blitz in Crescent College Comprehensive in April.

"Touch is a minimum-contact form of rugby, is globally one of the most popular variants of the sport at all levels and ages, and in Ireland will be expanding into schools in each of the four provinces."

To find out more about the Laya Healthcare Munster Schools 10s Blitz and how your school can become involved, contact John Lacey at: johnlacey@munsterrugby.ie.

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