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Tralee minis up to speed in successful workshop

A bunch of enthusiastic participants from Tralee RFC minis with their coaches
A bunch of enthusiastic participants from Tralee RFC minis with their coaches

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Munster Coach Development hosted a mini workshop for players and coaches at Tralee RFC last Saturday, as part of a series of workshops designed to encourage rugby development in the area.

The Kerry club welcomed over 30 coaches and players to take part in a series of drills focused on catch and pass, realignment and decision-making skills.

Players in action at the emerging schools programme in Ennis
Players in action at the emerging schools programme in Ennis

The workshop was co-ordinated by Munster Community Rugby Officer, Ray Gadsden, with Tralee's Pat Lane and other coaches from the club on hand to help with the session on the day.

The workshop was held as part of a series for mini rugby which runs throughout the season.

For further information on the workshops taking place in the region, please visit: https://munsterrugby.ie/domestic/coaching/further-information/

Blitzes prove big success

The Marks & Spencer Emerging Schools Programme recently continued in Ennis with 300 players from nine schools participating in 11-a-side blitzes at U-15 and U-17.

Players from schools across Limerick and Clare took part, including St John Bosco Community College, Rice College, St Caiman’s Community School, St Michael’s Community College, Coláiste Mhuire, Thomond Community College, Scoil Mhuire Agus íde, Villiers School and Coláiste Chiaráin.

Community rugby officer Euan Gee co-ordinated the blitzes with the help of Ennis RFC.

The competitive programme includes three rounds of 11-a-side blitz days held in conferences throughout the province.

Teams that qualify from each conference go on to the finals day, which is scheduled to take place on April 11 at Thomond Park.

The next round of the Marks & Spencer Emerging Schools Programme will take place during the week commencing February 19.

Cup ties take shape

The Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Junior and Senior Cup competitions have entered their final stages after the first two rounds of action showcased a wealth of schoolboy talent. 

Three Cork schools completed the line-up for the semi-finals of the Junior Cup following away victories.

PBC, Bandon Grammar, CBC and St Munchin’s College have all qualified with Bandon causing the shock of the quarter-finals with a 17-14 defeat of Castletroy College following a dramatic last-minute penalty.

West Cork side will meet CBC in one semi-final, while PBC go head-to-head with St Munchin’s in the other.

The semi-finals will take place during the week commencing February 19.

The final of the Junior Cup is scheduled during the week beginning March 5.

The Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Senior Cup semi-finals will commence during the week beginning February 26 with the final of the competition scheduled for Sunday, March 18.

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