Monday 21 October 2019

McNamara delighted to see trio make step up

Club notes

Harry Byrne has featured for Leinster ‘A’ and the province’s first team already this season. Photo: Sportsfile
Harry Byrne has featured for Leinster ‘A’ and the province’s first team already this season. Photo: Sportsfile

Leinster Rugby 'A' will face Ulster Rugby 'A' in the Celtic Cup Final at Energia Park this Sunday, October 13 (KO 3pm).

The 'A' team finished top of the Celtic Cup table with seven wins from seven to secure home advantage in the final. Ulster finished second with five wins and two losses, while also claiming five try bonus points.

The two sides met in Energia Park back in Round 4 of the competition on September 14, with Leinster winning a cracking contest 55-24.

Speaking to Leinster Rugby TV ahead of that game, Leinster 'A' head coach Noel McNamara emphasised the importance of the Celtic Cup as an opportunity for players to take another step in their development.

Harry Byrne, Michael Milne and Rowan Osborne, who have all featured in this season's Celtic Cup campaign, made their senior debuts in recent weeks.

"The mandate of the competition is pretty simple; it's a development competition," McNamara said.

"I think one of the biggest bonuses and pluses for us has been seeing people who have come through the pathway get closer up to the top of that pathway and make their debuts.

Clubs flock to information sessions to spread key messages

Last month, Leinster Rugby held club information sessions at three different locations.

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There were close to 60 clubs from across the province represented at the events which took place in Leinster Rugby HQ, Navan and IT Carlow.

Speaking about the events, head of rugby development Phil Lawlor said: "This is part of an overall strategy that we have in Leinster Rugby about involving ourselves more with helping our clubs.

"Our tagline is 'From The Ground Up' so this is about bringing our clubs to Leinster to show them what we've got to offer in all the different areas around our coach education programmes, our player development programmes, our volunteer development programmes and, again, our referees development programmes.

"All of those are integral to what we do within Leinster. And it's important that our clubs buy in to what we're trying to do and become part of what we're trying to do."

Keep an eye on for other events and seminars across the province in the coming months.

Last chance for season-ticket holders to claim packs tonight

Last week more than 7,000 season-ticket holders availed of the opportunity to collect their season-ticket packs for 2019/20 at our exclusive season-ticket holder launch event.

The last chance to collect a pack will take place this evening (6-7.15pm) again at the RDS but this time in Hall 3 (Industries Hall) ahead of tonight's Guinness PRO14 meeting with Edinburgh.

The gift collection will close at 7.15pm sharp, to allow you to make it to your seat in time for kick-off at 7.35pm.

There will be no collection at half-time.

However, you can collect your gift from the end of match at approximately 9.30pm.

Please note that you will need your Leinster Rugby season-ticket card to gain entry to the event and to collect your gift.

If you have multiple tickets on your account you will need a card for each gift.

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