Wicklow warm up for RDS date with trip West
Wicklow RFC's U-12s marked the end of their careers in minis' rugby with a tour to Connacht last weekend.
The team, many of whom have played together since they were just six years old, will progress to youths' rugby next season and the annual U-12s tour is a rite of passage for the boys.
Prior to departure they met in the clubhouse in Ashtown Lane where they were addressed by club president Bert Nicholson, who reminded them that no matter where they ended up in their rugby careers, Wicklow RFC would always be their home club.
The 35-boys were presented with their personalised kit bags and tour kit by club captain John Jenkinson.
One of their coaches, Aidan Kearney, also spoke to them and urged them, in the words of Michelle Moschetti, to "be strong when you are weak, brave when you are scared, and humble when you are victorious".
The boys, their coaches and some brave parents set out on Friday morning for Killary Adventure Centre in Connemara. During the weekend they played two fantastic matches, against Connemara RFC in Clifden and against Galwegians.
The welcome and hospitality shown by both clubs to the Wicklow boys and their entourage was second to none. The weather played its part and the sun shone all throughout a great weekend.
Before they leave minis' rugby behind the U-12s have a hectic few weeks of fixtures ahead, including playing at half-time in the RDS during the Leinster v Treviso PRO14 match.