Leinster Club News: U-18 girls hoping to build on last season in Interpro Series
The Leinster U-18 Girls begin the 2017 Interprovincial Series against Munster on September 22, followed by a game against the Ulster U-18 Girls the following weekend, with the championship coming to a close with a tie against Connacht on October 6. The Leinster Girls finished last year's Interpro Series with a win, draw and a loss.
The opening contest away to Ulster ended in a narrow 10-5 defeat, and was followed by a scoreless draw with Munster.
In their final game of the 2016 Interpro Series the Leinster Girls turned on the style to defeat their Connacht counterparts 52-7 to end the championship on a high.
If you are interested in getting involved in women's rugby in Leinster, whether you want to play, coach or volunteer, contact Women's Rugby Development Officer Jennie Bagnall at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
Weekend of September 22: v Munster (venue & KO TBC); Weekend of September 29: v Ulster (Venue & KO TBC); Weekend of October 6: v Connacht (Venue & KO TBC)
Leinster U-18 squad for Interprovincial Series
Natasha Behan (Gorey RFC), Niamh Belton (Dundalk RFC), Judy Bobbett (Westmanstown RFC), Megan Burns (Tullamore RFC), Ciara Carbery (Athy/Carlow), Louise Carter (Kilkenny College), Aimee Clarke (Railway Union RFC), Olivia Daly Tallon (Gorey RFC), Karen Delaney (Kilkenny RFC), Katelyn Doran (Port Dara RFC); Anna Doyle (Tullow RFC), Michelle Femi (Tullamore RFC); Molly Fitzgerald (Navan RFC); Nicola Gibson (Westmanstown RFC); Jess Keating (Old Belvedere RFC); Grace Kelly (Tullow RFC); Annie Maguire (Naas RFC); Aoife McGrath (Tullow RFC); Katrina McInerney (Tullamore RFC); Tess Meade (Ardee RFC); Ali Miley (Naas RFC); Orlaith Murray (Westmanstown RFC); Orla Molloy (Gorey RFC); Ciara Moughty (Mullingar RFC); Casey O'Brien (Naas RFC); Meadbh O'Callaghan (Dundalk RFC); Ella Redmond Molloy (Gorey RFC); Maeve Scally (Mullingar RFC); Jessica Schmidt (Wicklow RFC); Bethany Sharpe (Tullow RFC/Tullow Community School); Niamh Tester (Boyne RFC); Zoe Valentine (Dundalk RFC); Jane Walters (Tullamore RFC).
Tributes paid to Willie Duggan
Tributes have been paid to former Leinster, Ireland and Lions player Willie Duggan who passed away on Monday in Kilkenny aged 67.
Duggan was regarded as one of the finest No 8s to have ever played the game having been capped 41 times by Ireland and captaining the side in 1984.
He toured with the Lions to New Zealand in 1977 playing in all four Tests in a 3-1 series loss for the Lions.
Duggan was a member of both Blackrock College RFC and in later years Kilkenny RFC and is deeply missed by all those in the Leinster Rugby family.
Leinster Rugby CEO Mick Dawson extended his sympathies earlier this week.
"I knew Willie personally and he was a larger than life character and it's very difficult news to digest this morning. My thoughts are with his wife Ellen, Willie Jnr, Helena and Monica and his extended family," he said.
"As a rugby player he was tough as nails, a real competitor that represented his club, his country and of course the British & Irish Lions with great distinction.
"In later years he was synonymous with Kilkenny RFC but of course before that he was a Blackrock man. Willie wore every jersey with pride.
"Playing for as long as he did with those teams leaves a legacy and his is of a gentleman, a great family man and friend and of a warrior when on the pitch. He'll be sadly missed but what wonderful memories he has left us with."
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
It's time to get writing
The Leinster Rugby supplement is back for the start of the 2017/18 Guinness PRO14 season and will be with you every step of the way as Leinster embark on another eventful campaign.
The Notice Board section is for you in the 12 counties to tell us your stories from your club or school.
If you have something or someone you want celebrated, have an upcoming blitz or get-together, or just want to tell us about how great the under-13s are; then send 250 words plus a high-resolution image to email@example.com before Monday, 5pm of each week and your local news could feature in Ireland's leading newspaper.
So get writing and get snapping and who knows, you could feature next week!
Here's to a great season with Leinster Rugby and the Irish Independent.