19 May, 11:13
There are six uncapped players in the Ireland squad for the summer tour to North America that was named this morning. An Emerging Ireland squad has also been selected for the Tblisi Cup in Georgia.
The club's Mini rugby co-ordinator Niall Mangan said: "Despite a big build-up, the club was overwhelmed by the response of existing and new members and their families on the day.
"We registered over 130 players, and catered for over 400 people while running a full Under-12 blitz in the club's grounds at Drumbiggle.
"All registered players received free rugby gear and a booklet containing all the relevant information for the year ahead.
"The highlight of the event was the arrival of two Munster and Ireland players, Niall Ronan and Barry Murphy, who wowed the children with their presence.
"They spoke to the various age groups from Under-8s to Under-12s and let them know where their distinguished careers began and how rugby has benefited them."
Each group was given the opportunity to ask Niall and Barry questions and the pair later signed every jersey, ball, hat, boot and other paraphernalia before standing for photographs.
"As professional sports people, they were brilliant to the children and proved to be a big hit. This is testimony to the recognition Ennis RFC is now getting for the hard work, and a strengthening relationship with Munster Rugby," added Mangan.
"Without exception, all agreed that the event was a massive success. Ennis RFC's Mini section is now becoming one of the most proactive in the province."
The club also expressed gratitude to Gearoid Crowe, Ireland Under-20 prospect Lukas Kunz and Colm Considine for contributing their spare time to assist with drills for the kids and also standing in for photos.
The trio, while playing with Ennis RFC, represented Munster at Under-18 level, while Lukas has also gone on to play for Ireland at underage level.
From the organisers' perspective, things could not have gone better, as ERC RFC PRO Pat Flynn explained.
"We created a real stir, and to see so much excitement, enthusiasm and sense of community makes it all worthwhile," he said.
"Maybe one day a couple of these kids will be coming back as ambassadors, being part of the Munster set-up."
Players and potential players that missed the event are still welcome to come along to training on Sunday mornings in Lees Road with Under-8s, Under-9s and Under-10s (dates of birth: 2001, 2002 and 2003) out at 10am and Under-11s and Under-12s (dates of birth: 1999 and 2000) out at 11am. All are welcome.
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