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Thursday 22 August 2019

Stapleton departs IRFU role for Sport Ireland post as Women in Sport chief

Nora Stapleton will become the Sport Ireland Women in Sport Lead. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Nora Stapleton will become the Sport Ireland Women in Sport Lead. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

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The IRFU has lost one of the main drivers of women's rugby in Ireland as former international out-half Nora Stapleton leaves her role as Women's and Girls Rugby Development Manager.

The Donegal native has instead decided to take on a position as the new Sport Ireland Women in Sport Lead. Women in Sport is a policy designed to promote involvement in sport among women and girls.

As well as winning two All-Ireland football titles with Donegal, Stapleton amassed 50 caps for Ireland in a distinguished career that saw her play a key role in the Grand Slam success of 2013 as well as winning the Six Nations in 2015.

"While sorry to be leaving Irish Rugby after six years and the many great people I've had the privilege of working with and for, I'm excited by the new opportunity and challenges ahead," Stapleton said.

"I look forward to working with Sport Ireland, the national governing bodies and local sports partnerships to continue to build on the significant work that has already been undertaken in this area within the sport sector to date, recognising the opportunity to make a significant impact on the lives of women through their involvement in sport."

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