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Rock Ladies recruiting

BLACKROCK College RFC's Ladies have captured The Waterloo Bar & Grill, Baggot Street as their new sponsor for the coming seasons – a new home from home of the Rock women outside of Stradbrook.

Doctors, teachers, mothers, physiotherapists, marketing consultants, army officers and students – these are some of the daily professions of the ladies of Blackrock College RFC.

In their spare time, these women thrive on the competitive nature of the game, the camaraderie of the team, and the community spirit of the club.

As one of the oldest women's teams in the country, Blackrock College Ladies boast a long history of international and provincial achievers.

This year, Blackrock are celebrating a 21-year milestone of women's rugby in the club.

In the past 21 years, more than 70 Blackrock women have competed at provincial level and close to half of those have gone on to represent Ireland.

The current Blackrock Ladies squad is the home to two international 15s players (who were part of the 2013 Grand Slam-winning team), five international 7s squad members, two international Touch Rugby players, nine Leinster Women's Squad members, and also two schoolgirls in the Leinster 7s academy. In the past year, the women's division in the Club has gone from strength to strength.

To acknowledge the great success that women's rugby has achieved over the years and to celebrate their own 21st birthday, the Ladies are hosting a 'Rock Reunion' on Saturday, February 1 at 8pm in Blackrock College RFC Clubhouse, Stradbrook Road.

All past ladies of the club, supporters, sponsors, members and current players alike are welcomed to join in a toast to their contribution in making not only the Ladies division of the club, but also Ladies rugby in Ireland, the success that it is today.

2013 Successes and Plans for 2014:

2013 was the second consecutive year for the Blackrock Ladies to take home the All-Ireland Club 7s Champions Cup. This means they will represent Irish clubs at the prestigious Amsterdam 7s tournament in May, as they did last year.

The Blackrock Ladies 7s programme is clearly working as they have picked up headline silverware at four of seven tournaments in which they competed in 2013. Training is already underway for 2014 so the women in blue and white stripes will be back on the 7s scene stronger than ever this summer.

Following a busy 7s season, the focus quickly turned to the All-Ireland League in September. After seven rounds, the Blackrock are currently third and have started 2014 with a win in the All-Ireland Cup.

Supporters are always welcome and details of their matches are available at www.blackrockcollegerfc.ie.

Recruitment Information and Training Times: The Blackrock Ladies are constantly recruiting new players. Any women or schoolgirls who are interested in playing rugby – whether it be 7s, 15s, tag or touch rugby – are invited to come down to training and 'Give it a Try'.

The All-Ireland League Division 1 team and Development team train every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm at Blackrock's grounds on Stradbrook Road. Schoolgirls (aged 14-17) also train on both Tuesday and Thursday from 6-7pm.

For more information, email blackrockladiesrfc@gmail.com.