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Wednesday 11 December 2019

Baird helps out with coaching at Old Wesley

Ryan Baird of the Leinster Academy returns to St Andrew’s
Ryan Baird of the Leinster Academy returns to St Andrew’s

Ryan Baird, a member of the Leinster Academy and a recent Ireland U-20 International, ran and coached the combined U-16s and U-17s Old Wesley training session in Ballycorus last Sunday.

Baird is no stranger to the club and Old Wesley can take some satisfaction as his earliest rugby was as a mini in Ballycorus under his father, Andrew's, watchful eye. Andrew is a former club player, referee and youths coach with the club.

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He was very generous with his time and spent the morning coaching the players with the latest drills based on his own experience learning from some of the best coaches around, most recently, of course, Leo Cullen and Stuart Lancaster at Leinster, and Noel McNamara, Ireland's U-20s head coach.

It was a real pleasure for both the club's coaches and youth players to work with a young enthusiastic full professional modern athlete, watching and listening to his advice and approaches to rugby.

Everyone at Old Wesley is hugely grateful to Ryan and look forward to more inspiring Leinster rugby displays to add to his recent formidable full debut in the RDS against the Dragons earlier this month. Ryan is a player that not only the club but the province can be very proud of and is certainly one to watch out for.

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