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Clondalkin host South spectacular

CLONDALKIN RFC played host to the last of the South Dublin County Girls' Tag Rugby Blitzes.

Niall Neville, community rugby officer for SDCC, has been running tag blitzes for girls in the county for the last four years.

Each year has seen a rise in interest within schools and this showed in Clondalkin RFC on April 24, with nine schools, 20 teams and more than 250 girls participating in the blitz.

Both the Heineken Cup and the Women's Six Nations trophies were on show but it was most definitely the Women's Six Nations that caused the biggest stir.

Nora Stapelton, IRFU girls' and women's development manager, brought the trophy out for the girls to see.

Nora, who herself plays for both Leinster and Ireland Women's teams, was there to talk to the girls about getting involved and continuing the interest shown at school to club level.

Niall said: "Girls' rugby in south Dublin has been growing steadily over the last number of years.

"The fact that Nora herself plays for Leinster and won the trophy with Ireland is brilliant for the girls as she can speak to them about her experience within rugby.

"It is great that the girls recognised both Nora and the trophy from all the coverage that the women's team have received on their success and hopefully some of these girls will be inspired."

If you want to know more about rugby in the South Dublin County Council area, please contact niall.neville@leinsterrugby.ie.