Club News: Wicklow minis put on a show at Castres clash
Wicklow RFC's minis section had a great weekend of rugby last week with teams travelling to the RDS, Carlow and Lansdowne.
On Saturday, the Wicklow U-12s team travelled to the RDS for the Leinster v Castres game where they played at half-time. The camaraderie and fun was contagious.
All 25 players had a great day out with excellent hospitality from the Leinster Branch and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to exhibit their rugby against Malahide RFC at half-time.
While the half-time game time was very short, the players have memories that will last a lifetime.
After the game the Wicklow team met with some of the Leinster players for photos and autographs. It was inspirational for the team.
Meanwhile, on Sunday Wicklow RFC U-12 girls travelled to Carlow with 18 players to take part in the Aviva minis blitz hosted by Co Carlow RFC.
There was a very large crowd in attendance with clubs represented from all over Leinster and some visiting sides.
There was an all-girls section made up of teams from Greystones RFC, MU Barnhall RFC, Wicklow RFC, Athy RFC and a Metro Barbarians team. The standard of rugby was very high and showed how popular girls' rugby has become.
Also on Sunday, the U-9 boys were playing at, or rather behind, the Aviva Stadium on Sunday morning as guests of Lansdowne RFC. Three Wicklow teams travelled to play three tough Lansdowne teams.
Both clubs were equally matched and the morning saw some excellent rugby.
The Wicklow lads showcased the skills they have been practising since the beginning of the season with great displays of running, free-flowing rugby and some great scores.
Leinster team up with DEBRA
DEBRA Ireland are one of Leinster Rugby’s charity partners for the next two seasons.
DEBRA Ireland was established to provide support services to patients and families living with the debilitating skin condition EB (epidermolysis bullosa).
DEBRA also drives research into treatments and cures for those living with the condition. Next week (October 24 to 29) is EB Awareness Week and Leinster Rugby is asking Leinster supporters to do what they can to support DEBRA Ireland.
There will be a number of events throughout the week and in particular at the Connacht match next Friday evening, October 28, in the RDS Leinster will be asking as many people as possible to wear an EB butterfly tattoo at the game.
The tattoos will be handed out in the grounds and all you have to do is take a snap, use the hashtag #ReleaseYourButterfly and text BUTTERFLY to 50300 to donate €4 to DEBRA Ireland.
DEBRA provides hope and support to those living with EB and Leinster Rugby are delighted to be supporting the 300 people currently living in Ireland with the condition.
Suttonians pull in crowds with blitz
On a fresh, dull, blustery morning in Station Road, Sutton recently, over 100 young, enthusiastic boys and girls played their first sixth class blitz of the school year. Various schools from the locality arrived in Suttonians RFC for what turned out to be a fun, fast and very well-run blitz. A big thank you to the CCROs from the Fingal area, who provided fair refereeing, excellent coaching, and expertise that made the Blitz what it was.
Suttonians provided an excellent facility to all parents, players, volunteers, and is looking forward to hosting another blitz next week.