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Clondalkin kick old records into touch

Clondalkin RFC have yet to add to the trophy collection or secure targeted promotion, but another recent marvellous milestone guarantees, regardless, that this year will be viewed as successful.

This year the club has smashed the world tackle record, seen a first senior Leinster cap, a first-ever women's team, a first competitive league fourths and a record number of underage players. These milestones have now been joined by a record number of players donning the Clon Crest for the first time.

Clondalkin's five senior teams have made up more than 50 first-timers this term -- 20 of whom are completely new to the game.

Considering the amount of underage debutants, its fair to say Clondalkin are doing their bit for the development of rugby.

"Playing numbers have shot up in recent years and it is not a coincidence. A lot of people have put in hard work and the club is benefiting. We also have a reputation as a welcoming club," club captain Dan Fitzpatrick said.

"When Chris Murray and Eamon Hughes lined out for the fourths they brought the number of seniors to 50. That is an amazing stat and one a lot of people should take pride (in).

"Having our first ladies team has contributed to that figure but it is still a massive achievement."