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Inaugural Castleknock club day a success

Castleknock College held its inaugural 'Club Day' to promote club rugby in the surrounding area and to develop links between the school and local rugby clubs.

Games and training were attended by players from Barnhall, Coolmine, North Kildare, Navan, Ratoath and Westmanstown Rugby Clubs.

A Castleknock College first year coach said: "Each year we have students new to rugby enter our school. Many of these end up playing at a high level before they leave Castleknock College. Unfortunately, they have no connection with a local rugby club. The aim of today is to encourage those new players to rugby in our school to discover where their local club is and to maybe develop a link with them."

Coaches from the college, many of whom are current and past pupils, helped out on the day. There was a mixture of games as well as position specific skills such as kicking, hooker throwing and scrum-half passing.

The second purpose of the Club Day was that students who have come from clubs do not forget the relationship they have with their club. The day was finished off with a relay race up the College's famous 'Hill'.

It is hoped that the Club Day will be repeated a few times a year with the focus being on love and enjoyment of the game of rugby.