There was an international flavour to the TRY Rugby Centra Summer Camp in Dangan this week as Ireland Women’s Internationals Carol Staunton and Claire Molloy took time out of their Rugby World Cup preparation to visit the boys and girls.
Carol and Claire took some time out of their busy schedules to help support kids taking part in the Try Rugby Summer camps in Dangan. They got involved in the rugby matches with children aged 6-12, got their photos taken and signed jerseys for everyone there.
Womens’ Rugby development officer in Connacht and Summer Camp coordinator, Wendy Hickey, was delighted the girls could make it down to show their support. “I am so thrilled for both Claire and Carol. To have this talent on your own doorstep just shows what can be developed in your own back yard! Proper funding for girls and women’s rugby projects and support from clubs and schools is vital to the growth of the women’s game.”
Carol Staunton, who plays flanker/no. 8, and is working on her PhD in Sociology in NUIG, was first called into the Irish squad in 2008 European championships in Amsterdam and got her first cap playing France. With 3 caps for Connacht and 4 Irish caps under her belt, she is looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead, playing England on August 18th.
Claire Molloy, who studies medicine in Cardiff University, plays most of her rugby in Bristol as an open side flanker. She has 6 Connacht camps and 6 Irish caps, with her debut in a green jersey vs France in the 2009 Six Nations.
For more information regarding girls and women’s rugby in Connacht, contact Wendy Hickey on firstname.lastname@example.org.