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Running start for first years

LEINSTER Rugby and Wexford County Council Community Rugby Partnership held a successful rugby blitz on December 5 in Wexford Wanderers RFC, Park Lane, Wexford.

School teams from Good Counsel, Creagh College, Carnew and Enniscorthy Vocational College attended a great sporting occasion.

Playing 12-a-side running rugby with full contact was a first for many of the participants with all rising to the occasion.

The idea is to get young players involved in a running game while being coached by the CCROs at the same time. Games lasted 20 minutes with no scrums or lineouts but involved each team member expressing their talents in a fast running game.

No pressure was on participants, standards were high and the fun and competition were excellent. Almost 100 first years participated.

The plan is to run two more blitzes for first years in the new year, one in February and one in late spring, to help develop these young players into the full game, involving set pieces, with qualified CCROs running the events.

Thanks to Noel Ferguson and Ross Barbour for organising the blitz, Niall O'Loughlin from Creagh College for refereeing and hosts Wexford Wanderers.