Wednesday 23 May 2018

Camps a big hit with province's future stars


Duncan Williams and Billy Holland join in the fun at the Munster Rugby summer camps
Duncan Williams and Billy Holland join in the fun at the Munster Rugby summer camps

The Bank of Ireland Munster Rugby Summer Camps 2017 came to an end last Friday in what was a great eight weeks of fun rugby activities for the boys and girls throughout Munster.

Over July and August, children aged from 6 to 12 had the chance to make new friends, learn about rugby values such as teamwork, respect and integrity, and also become more aware of the importance of physical fitness.

They did this while learning to develop the basic rugby skills of passing, tackling (in a controlled environment), evasion and kicking, and most of all having great fun.

As an added bonus each week the Munster Rugby professional players paid a visit to each camp, signing autographs and joining in on the activities with the rugby stars of the future.

Players have also been encouraging the boys and girls to continue developing the skills they have learned over the summer at their local clubs.

Speaking on the success of this year's camp, Munster community rugby manager Damon Urlich said, "the popularity of our summer camps has been highlighted by a 50 per cent increase in participation numbers from last season.

"Our camp staff provide an excellent environment for children to learn and have fun and this is reflected in the numbers that return year upon year."

Munster Rugby would like to thank all the boys and girls that took part in this year's summer camps and look forward to hosting more youth rugby activities throughout the season.

For further details on upcoming camps, please email

Schools side seek revenge

The Munster U-18 Schools, sponsored by Trend Micro, recently kicked off the 2017/18 Interprovincial Series in Donnybrook against defending champions Leinster.  

In an evenly-matched contest both sides put in a huge performance, however it was the hosts who claimed the win, finishing up 34-22.

Captained by CBC's Cian Hurley, Munster went on to host Ulster at Thomond Park where they prevailed 10-9 to keep their title hopes alive.

The Munster side will hope to follow their success and avenge their opening-round defeat to Leinster when both sides meet for the second time on Saturday, September 9 at home in Cork IT (KO 4.0).

Munster U-19s, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, begin their interprovincial campaign tomorrow at home to Leinster.

Reigning champions, the Bank of Ireland Munster U-18 Clubs, will face Connacht as they set out to defend their title on Saturday, September 9 at Cork IT.

Irish Independent

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