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Jack gives Malahide lads greater understanding of a life in rugby

Malahide Community School's senior rugby team, including those participating in the school's inaugural transition year programme, benefited from a visit from Leinster community rugby officer Jack Hanratty, who recently gave the students a presentation on how to combine academic studies and training.

The hour-long visit focused on giving the players the tools needed for self-appraisal, goal setting and developing themselves as individuals.

Hanratty, who is also working on various programmes at Dublin City University, also explained the various paths that were available to players that come out of schools like Malahide Community College, including scholarships, that did not necessarily mean going on to be the next Brian O'Driscoll.

The Malahide lads came away from the seminar with a clearer view on what was needed to obtain a better balance for themselves and some information on a number of different paths their rugby could take them down.