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Friday 20 July 2018

DCU girls get to grips with game in Roadshow

Leinster club news

Competitors in action at the IRFU’s new roadshow sessions. Photo: Sportsfile
Competitors in action at the IRFU’s new roadshow sessions. Photo: Sportsfile

Leinster Rugby and the IRFU ran the first of their '3rd Level Give It A Try Roadshow' sessions last week.

The programme is aimed at female college students and intends to give them a taster of rugby in a fun, sociable environment.

DCU was the venue for the first of the six events within Leinster that are taking place over the next few weeks and it was a huge success with over 40 students turning up to 'Give It A Try', including some who'd played rugby before in their local schools or clubs before attending DCU.

Jennie Bagnall, Leinster Women's Development Officer, was joined by Fiona Coghlan, the ex-Irish captain, and led an 'Introduction to Contact' session for players completely new to the game.

"The session was a huge success," Jennie said afterwards. "Several women came who played several other sports but had never tried rugby, and it was great to see the crossover of skills from their other hobbies so easily adaptable to suit the game of rugby. They were nervous that they didn't know the rules but we played a lot of touch-game variations during the session and they soon relaxed and picked it all up easily."

Aidan Kearney, DCU's newly-appointed Rugby Development Officer, said: "I was delighted that got so many new players out to the session and we look forward to seeing them at the follow-up sessions next Monday and Wednesday. There's an IRFU Freshers Festival on November 15 so I hope they'll all stick with it and come out and play at that."

Since the DCU session, sessions have taken place in Carlow IT, DIT, UCD and two more will be held in Trinity College on Monday evening next week and in Dundalk IT later in the month.

For more information, contact Jennie Bagnall, Women's Development Officer (jennie.bagnall@leinsterrugby.ie), or your local college.

Irish Independent

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