The players, coaches and friends of the recently reformed Midleton Women's side recently celebrated International Women's Day (IWD) with an open day at the club showcasing and promoting women's rugby.
The theme of IWD 2015 was 'Make it Happen' and in terms of rugby, Irish women are certainly taking up the challenge and making their mark.
In recent years the women's national team have won a Grand Slam, beaten two world champions and joined the men of Munster as the only Irish teams to have beaten a New Zealand Test side.
For Midleton's IWD celebration, local schools, sports clubs, businesses and voluntary organisations were invited to Towns Park to watch the women's teams in action. After performing a number of full-contact drills and game play, the girls demonstrated the basics of tag rugby and guests were invited to give it a try.
Great fun was had by all and a number of new players were recruited on the strength of this very enjoyable day. Common observations among visitors included the impressive skill levels of the girls, the positive atmosphere and how much enjoyment the players were getting from the game.
Midleton Women's team train on Tuesdays at 7pm and Saturdays at 9.30am. New players are always welcome.
Munster Rugby recently hosted a coach development initiative for stage 1 and stage 2 rugby coaches in generating good habits in warm-ups, cool-downs and general player physical capabilities.
Over 50 coaches attended the event that was held by the Munster Rugby Development Department, in conjunction with the age-grade Strength and Conditioning department.
The feedback for the course has been extremely positive with five more workshops to be held in the province over the next six weeks. Any coach at stage 1 or stage 2 is invited to attend the two-hour workshops; registration is pre-course only and subject to venue capacities.
Coaches can register by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Workshop Details
Monday, March 16: Waterford IT, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Monday, March 23: Tralee IT, 6.30-8.30
Monday, March 30: Limerick IT, 6.30-8.30
Monday, April 13: Bandon RFC, 6.30-8.30