Saturday 19 January 2019

Leinster women's coach Armstrong calls for home-and-away format in interpros

Head coach Ben Armstrong. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Head coach Ben Armstrong. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile Sportsdesk

Ahead of his side's tournament decider against Munster at Donnybrook on Saturday, Leinster women's coach Ben Armstrong has called for an expansion to the interprovincial series.

With November internationals in the calendar, the Australian believes the heightened competition is the perfect preparation for Ireland duty.

This season, the interpros have been given their own window at the start of the season before the All Ireland League gets under way.

Currently, the teams meet each other once and Armstrong reckons a home-and-away format would be beneficial in lifting standards.

"I think I would, just talking amongst ourselves - it is stressful, but it would be good to be into that," he said. "The fact is we are looking for more games before it, so we're hitting it better prepared, a second round of games on a home-and-away basis would be ideal.

"If you could play right up into the autumn internationals, barring the injuries, you'd be happy that the girls are well prepared to go into those and put their best foot forward for Ireland.

"Certainly, I think the girls have been wanting that for a couple of years now."

Irish Independent

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