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Thanks to the Leinster Branch the Heineken Cup was in the hands of Boyne RFC last weekend. Local Primary Schools St Paul's, Congress Avenue, Callystown, Termonfeckin, Laytown and Whitecross in Julianstown were all paid a visit last Thursday and Friday with the Cup. There was great excitement with plenty of Leinster, Ireland and Boyne jerseys on display.

All boys and girls from ages 6-11, as well as the teachers, were given an opportunity to be pictured with the trophy. The Cup also visited secondary school St Joseph's, where the Junior team had their photo taken with it.

On Saturday morning all of the minis from Boyne RFC from ages 6-12 got their team photos taken with the trophy, which went down very well with coaches and players alike. It was then onto Shamrock Lodge, where Boyne were making history by playing their first ever home game in the Ulster Bank AIL against the Connemara All Blacks.

Also Boyne U-15s played a side from Luxembourg who got a shot with the trophy. The trophy was also present at the pre-match dinner. Overall it was a great experience to have it in the club and the hope is that it will encourage young boys and girls to get involved in rugby at their local club, Boyne RFC.

If they need more details, they are available on www.boynerfc.ie.

In an effort to raise some funds for their club and to make a contribution to the IRFU Charitable Trust, the members and friends of Bective are being asked to support a 'Fat Dodder Duck Walk' to generate much-needed funds for the club and for IRFU Charitable Trust for seriously injured players.

A tin can money box and a sponsorship card have been given to all participants as an easy and fun way to help raise money.

So, the concept is simple -- everyone throughout Bective is invited to donate their loose coins and id possible a few Euro notes and return their tin can along and sponsorship card to the club as soon as possible but no later than Sunday, December 18.

The end result will be a 6k sponsored walk with 'Irish Rugby Legends' from the clubhouse along the Dodder on Friday, December 30 at 11.0am -- followed by music and food in the clubhouse afterwards.

All tin cans and sponsorship cards should be returned by December 18.

The mini / youths team that collects the most money will be brought to a Leinster PRO 12 game in the RDS - match and date to be agreed.

For other collectors, their names will be entered into a draw that will take place after the Fat Dodder Duck Walk. There will be some great prizes:

1 Two stand tickets for a Leinster match in RDS -- date to be agreed

1 A voucher for O'Connell's Restaurant in Donnybrook

1 A hamper of red and white wine

1 A signed Leinster Rugby jersey

1 An E-Mobile/Meteor Pre Paid Mobile Phone

All monies raised will be receipted and will go towards supporting rugby within the club and helping the IRFU Charitable Trust for IRFU seriously injured players. Further information from Ben Kealy; rugbydirector@bectiverangers.com.

Last month the Heineken Cup visited Portarlington RFC and its presence created new interest in minis rugby that will stand to the club for years to come.

Flanked by the recently victorious All-Ireland U-11 Mixed Tag Rugby team, minis coaches Barry Lambkin (pictured, above right, with Adam Lambkin) Brendan Kearney, Michelle Maher and David Hainsworth (pictured above) embarked on a tour of the local schools.

In advance of the visit, Portarlington RFC had distributed flyers to all children promoting the fact that the cup would be on display at their registration evening where parents could take photos of their kids with the trophy.

Each of the six schools visited in Portarlington, Killenard, Emo and Mountmellick held a reception in their sports halls where a brief talk was given about minis rugby and the Heineken Cup. Enthusiastic questions were answered and children were encouraged to attend the registration evening.

During the time between the school visits and the registration evening in the rugby club, the trophy made a pit-stop at the local retirement home where residents and their families took the opportunity to take photos.

The minis registration evening itself was a huge success, with numbers of kids signing up for the new season increasing by at least 50pc in all age categories.

Indeed, changes have had to be made to midweek training session in order to accommodate the increased numbers.

The future of Leinster Rugby continues to look bright.

A big thank you to everyone who turned up for our late-night action under lights last Saturday. Our first club draw took place in the clubhouse afterwards and congratulations to Alan Cousins who is our very first winner. Alan won €1,000 simply by having his membership paid up in time!

Remember, if you haven't paid your subs you won't be entered into our next draw and you can also buy an extra ticket at any time. The draw is open to everyone. Click on the 'Club Draw' link on the side panel of our website.

Next Saturday sees another day in Ashbrook when Coolmine take on Tralee in the AIL Junior Cup. This is the first competitive All-Ireland game in the club's 30-year history and we are expecting another big crowd to cheer the lads on.