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Girl power: Leinster clubs currently catering for teenage female players

If you are a girl and you think rugby is a great game and would like to try it out then there are a number of clubs that would be delighted to hear from you.

Throughout Leinster, girls are playing mini rugby (for 6- to 12-year-olds) tag rugby (non- contact rugby) and full-contact rugby, and clubs cater for beginners to those with more experience.

Most of the clubs listed here are coaching girls less than 17 and 19 years old, however, if you are younger, and especially if you get a group of interested friends together, these clubs will do their best to look after you.

Blackrock College -- Blackrock has many girls playing mini rugby and women playing senior rugby but does not have a youth team at the moment. If you are interested please contact Tania Rosser -- mobile 087-9596896; email tarnross@yahoo.com.

Cill Dara -- This club has recently started coaching U15 girls and more information may be obtained by contacting the club through their website: www.kildare.ie/cilldararfc.

Clane -- Coach: Paul Fitzsimons -- mobile 087 2865399 Age range: U17s. Rugby: full contact. Training: Wednesday 7.30pm-8.30pm.

Clondalkin/St Mary's -- Coach: Lee Travers -- www.stmaryscollegerfc.com/ www.clondalkinrugby.com. Age range: U19s. Rugby: full contact. Training: at Clondalkin RFC.

Gorey -- Coach: Darryl McCabe -- mobile 087-2442997. Age range: 14-18 year olds. Rugby: full contact. Training: Wednesday 6.00pm-7.30pm & Saturday 6.00pm-7.30pm.

Greystones -- Coach: Sara Webster -- mobile: 087-0515507. Age range: all ages. Rugby: tag rugby and beginners rugby. Training: at Greystones RFC.

Longford -- Coach: Lisa Brady -- mobile 086-7340208.

Age range: 12-18 year olds. Rugby: beginners to full contact. Training: Wednesday 7.30pm-9.00pm.

Naas -- Coach: Neil Casey -- mobile 087-6114773. Age range: U17s. Rugby: full contact. Training: Wednesday 7.30pm-9.00pm & Saturday 11.30am-1.00pm.

Wicklow -- Coach: Aiden Kearney -- mobile 086-0541844. Age range: U17s and U19s. Rugby: full contact. Training: Tuesday 6.15pm-7.30pm & Saturday 10.00am-12.00pm.

Wexford Wanderers -- Coach: Debbie Carty -- mobile 087-7449117. Age range: U17s and U19s. Rugby: full contact. Training: Wednesday 7.30pm-9.00pm & Friday 7.30pm-9.00pm.

If your local club is not featured here, you may still contact it to see if they can cater for you or you can contact Mary Quinn at leinster_youths@yahoo.ie or Noeleen Spain at leinster_sec@yahoo.ie