Friday 17 November 2017

Leinster first up for U-18 girls in interpro campaign

Club rugby

U-18s captain Emily Lane in action for Munster
U-18s captain Emily Lane in action for Munster

The Munster U-18 girls' interprovincial campaign kicks off tomorrow against Leinster at Ballincollig RFC (kick-off 2.30pm).

Emily Lane, captain of the Ireland U-18 girls 7s, has also been named to lead her province into the second interprovincial series of 15-a-side girls rugby.

The squad will take on Connacht at Ballinasloe in their second fixture before completing the series in Barnhall RFC against defending champions Ulster.

Speaking ahead of the Leinster match, head coach Eugene McCarthy said "the girls are looking forward to the first interpro match after putting in a long summer of intense training in various regions throughout the province.

"The interpro series is now into its second year of existence and is providing a great stepping stone to progress from underage club rugby to possible selection for senior interprovincial standard and possible national stage."

Munster U-18 Girls XV v Leinster: Muirne Wall; Maggie Boylan, Steffi Nunan, Enya Breen, Dorothy Wall; Emily Lane, Ciara Clancy; Andrea Stock, Orla Curtin, Hayley Betts; Sarah Garrett, Clare Bennett; Katylyn Fleming, Mary Hilda Hurley, Rebecca Hayes. Replacements: Annie Laffan, Caroline Downey, Sarah O'Connor, Rebecca Reilly, Sarah O'Gorman, Leah Turner, Gemma Lane, Jennifer Fogarty.

Saturday, Sept 23 | Munster v Leinster | Ballincollig RFC | 2.30

Saturday, Sep 30 | Connacht v Munster | Ballinasloe RFC | 3.0

Saturday, Oct 7| Ulster v Munster | Barnhall RFC | 3.0

U-18s put their title on line in Dublin

The Munster U-18 Clubs will defend their Interprovincial title tomorrow at Donnybrook against Leinster (ko 12pm).

In the championship decider, Munster will set out to continue on their winning performances following their 22-7 victory over Connacht at home in the series opener.

The side went on to secure a convincing 32-7 win over Ulster last Sunday in Thomond Park leading into the series finale.

Leinster, who also remain undefeated in the championship, are sure to make the most of their home advantage in what promises to be a thrilling conclusion to the 2017 interprovincial series.

Crescent's field day

Tim Duggan, president of Old Crescent RFC, cut the tape to officially open two new underage pitches at the club grounds in Rosbrien last Sunday.

The new pitches have been developed on a section of the 11 acres of adjoining land that were acquired by the club two years ago.

Speaking at the official opening, Duggan, said: "Just two years ago, in the most exciting club development since we moved to Rosbrien 35 years ago, Old Crescent RFC completed the purchase of 11 acres of land adjoining our club grounds which saw our grounds double in size, securing the future of rugby at Rosbrien for current and future generations."

He congratulated the club's Grounds Committee, led by chairman Dermot McGovern, for their hard work over the last two years, clearing and developing the new lands, to the stage where the club has a third full-size pitch and training area, and now two new dedicated underage pitches, on the new land.

Stage 1 courses

Munster Rugby recently held a Stage 1 Coaching Course at Thomond Park Stadium with 35 mini coaches in attendance.

The course was hosted by the Munster Rugby Development Department focusing on key skills of mini rugby including rugby prime, catch/pass, tackle and evasion.

IRFU training and education manager Colin Moran was on hand to deliver elements of the new curriculum which now entails a one-day course to ascertain full accreditation.

Munster Rugby will be running further Stage 1 Coaches.

For more details, please email aidancleary@munsterrugby.ie or download an application form from the Munster website.

Upcoming Stage 1 Coaching Courses

September 24: Stage 1 (Mini) Cork Constitution FC - No places available

September 30: Stage 1 (Mini) Waterpark RFC - Places available

October 7: Stage 1 (Mini) IT Tralee - Places available

October 22: Stage 1 (Mini) - Bandon - No places available

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