The Irish Rugby Football Union are aiming to capitalise on the success and interest in the recent Women's Rugby World Cup by supporting anyone who wants to develop girls minis rugby teams across the country with the launch of a new initiative - 'Give it a Try - Girls minis'.
The IRFU have developed a step-by-step guide and support pack, which includes balls, bibs and cones, to encourage parents, former players, potential volunteers and everyone else who may wish to develop a girls minis team in their locality - even if they have no background or experience playing rugby.
The guide will be issued to rugby clubs throughout the country, encouraging them to identify someone to develop a girls minis team and is also available on the Irish Rugby website, for those who are not yet affiliated with a club, but wish to learn more.
In addition the IRFU is re-launching its successful 'Give it a Try' programme, which was introduced following the Grand Slam win of 2013 and resulted in an additional 14 clubs fielding women's teams, with open days taking place in clubs across the country.
Nora Stapleton, IRFU Women & Girls Rugby Development Executive and current member of the Ireland Women's squad, commented: "Most rugby clubs encourage girls to join mixed Minis rugby but research has shown that when separate 'boy' and 'girl' sections are available more girls participate and continue to play and enjoy the game.
"For this reason we are encouraging clubs, parents and anyone who wishes to help develop girls minis rugby to take up our invitation to 'Give it a Try'."
Fiona Coghlan, who captained Ireland at the recent Women's Rugby World Cup in France, said: "The growing interest in Women's rugby is really positive for the potential long term growth of the sport and the IRFU have identified a number of potential entry points for new players into the game.
"It is encouraging that the 'Give it a Try' programme is establishing a support framework to encourage as many girls and women as possible to play rugby."
The UL Bohemians Women's squad completed a fantastic season for the club by winning the All-Ireland Cup final against Blackrock - 26-17 - at Dubarry Park on Sunday. It was a third 2016/17 title for Mike Storey's side who were also crowned All-Ireland League and Munster Senior Cup champions.
Number 8 Michael Noone helped himself to a hat-trick of tries at Anglesea Road as Clontarf maintained their push for the Ulster Bank League Division 1A play-offs and Old Belvedere fell to the bottom of the table.
25 unanswered first half points put Old Belvedere on their way to a 44-14 Ulster Bank Bateman Cup semi-final victory over Ballynahinch at Anglesea Road. 'Belvo will meet defending champions Cork Constitution in the final at the end of April.
The sun shone on Co. Carlow Rugby Club last Sunday as the Aviva Mini Rugby Festival rolled into town. It was a chance for the hundreds of boys and girls to enjoy a day of fantastic rugby and to tell us who their favourite rugby players are.
The Aviva Mini Rugby Festival visited UL Bohemians last Saturday and it was fun-filled day for the hundreds of boys and girls taking part. There was also a special guest appearance from Ireland Women's captain and UL Bohs favourite Niamh Briggs.
Maeve McMahon, Director of Customer Experience and Products, Ulster Bank, talks about another successful Ulster Bank League Awards night which saw 14 individual awards presented to players, coaches and PROs from across the island.
Cork Constitution lock Conor Kindregan was voted the Ulster Bank League Division 1A Player of the Year, picking up the honour from Joe Schmidt at this week's Ulster Bank League Awards in the Aviva Stadium.
Ahead of the the Ulster Bank League Division 1A final, we spoke to Blayney Russell of Clontarf and Peter Good of Cork Constitution about the big match and how the two clubs have fared this season at every level.
Ben Reilly wants his Clontarf side to show the kind of form that put them top of the league this season but he knows that Cork Con will offer a serious physical challenge in the Ulster Bank League final in Sunday. Tickets are available from ticketmaster.ie.
Cork Constitution captain James Ryan is aiming for a league and cup double if his side can unpick the Clontarf defence in the Ulster Bank League final at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday. We spoke to him about the road to the final and Con's momentum. Tickets for the match are available from ticketmaster.ie.
On a day that saw all four seasons in one, the girls from Sacred Heart in Tullamore made history by winning the first ever All-Ireland GX7s tournament at the Aviva Stadium. Check out some of the action from the day as 16 teams got their first taste of playing at the home of Irish Rugby.
We turn the spotlight on Young Munster as they bid to go one step further than last year and qualify for the upcoming Ulster Bank League final. Irish Rugby TV spoke to Ger Slattery and Darragh O'Sullivan ahead of Saturday's Division 1A semi-final trip to Cork Constitution.
Highlights of a very exciting day of Women's club rugby action at Anglesea Road as Shield winners Railway Union, Plate winners St. Mary's and Cup champions Galwegians all enjoyed All-Ireland title success.