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Navan ladies boost ranks


Ellie Quinn, Navan is tackled by Katie Heffernan of Mullingar.

Ellie Quinn, Navan is tackled by Katie Heffernan of Mullingar.

Ellie Quinn, Navan is tackled by Katie Heffernan of Mullingar.

PREVIOUSLY one of the heavyweights of Irish women's club rugby, Navan's women's team have overcome a number of tough seasons, which saw the loss of personnel as well as relegation from the top division of the All-Ireland League.

The group has responded to these changes with impressive resilience by boosting their ranks with a number of talented new recruits and adding the 2013 Connacht Invitational Plate to their All-Ireland AIL Division 2 win from 2010.

Founded in 2001, Navan women's rugby boasts a rich history of success and talented players. Our proud alumni include the current Grand Slam champion and last season's Leinster captain, Mary Louise O'Reilly, along with former Irish international Sinéad Ryan.

Leinster's women's team have benefited from Navan players over the years, such as Sarah Crosby and Edel Farrell.

The current potential within the ranks is still clearly evident with players Jennie Finlay and Lisa Kennan having recently been called up to train with the Irish Sevens team after being spotted at a recent league match.

The volume of international and provincial caps the team boasts in its 12-year history is testament to the excellent level of coaching and development available at the club.

But it is not all about rugby at Navan Ladies RFC. Off the pitch, the women's side are a crucial component of Navan RFC's social activities with a social calendar that rivals the fixture list.

The women's team also give back to the local community. Last year saw the girls raise funds for worthy causes such as Pobalscoil Chiaráin's Zambia Immersion Project, the Youth Advocacy Programme and the Irish Cancer Society, in a number of varied and fun events such as a comedy night, fashion show and a colour dash.

Navan are always on the lookout for new players, and now is the perfect time to join as there is a substantial amount of new players that arrived last season, coupled with some hardy, experienced players.

For information on recruitment, training, and social events contact the Navan Ladies on www.facebook.com/NavanLadiesRugby, Twitter: NavanLadiesRFC or e-mail them at NavanLadiesRugby@gmail.com.