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Wesley host U17 Challenge

The Old Wesley Rugby Challenge Cup is for U17 players born in 1996 and 1997.

Many youth teams find it difficult to compete in the provincial leagues and cups, due to a number of players being involved in Senior Cup rugby. We hope that this festival will encourage players to return to club rugby.

Wesley hope to host between 24 and 30 clubs from Leinster, Munster, Ulster and Connacht. The group stages will take place on April 6 and 13 and the finals on April 27.

Teams will only need to be available for one of the two group Saturdays and the finals Saturday – if they qualify.

While most provincial and club competitions have come to an end by the beginning of April, should an entrant still be in a semi-final or final, Wesley will endeavour to accommodate them on an alternate date.

The festival will take place at Wesley's junior grounds in Ballycorus Road, Kilternan.

Clubs will be divided into six groups (three groups competing on each group Saturday), ensuring squads play fun, competitive ruby within U17 regulations. The winners of each group and the best two runners-up will go into the Cup quarter-final draw. The remaining four group runners-up will enter the Plate semi-finals.

The Cup quarter-finals, semi-finals and final and Plate semi-finals and final will take place on April 27. Contact Jenny Bailey at jenny.bailey@live.ie or on 085-7111666 for info.