Girls rugby in Leinster has been growing very quickly, with the number of girls, aged between 13 and 19 years, playing the sport on the rise every season.
There are established girls teams from Cill Dara, Clane, Gorey, Naas, Wexford and Wicklow, and this season new youth sides from Arklow, Dundalk, Navan, Portarlington, Portlaoise and Navan.
Girls rugby is a great way of keeping fit, meeting new friends and travelling to new places, with regular matches, blitzes and skills clinics going on throughout the season.
Leinster’s Community Rugby Officers are actively coaching in secondary schools and rugby clubs, using the IRFU’s ‘Play Rugby’ programme to increase female participation.
‘Play Rugby’ is a great way to get secondary school girls involved with rugby in a safe and controlled environment.
The programme creates a pathway to enable schools and clubs to work together in increasing female participation in rugby.
If you are interested in learning more about the ‘Play Rugby’ programme, please contact your CRO or local rugby club or click here.
In an historic first, at the recent Heineken Cup match between Leinster v Clermont Auvergne at the Aviva Stadium, the Under-15 girls from Portlaoise and Cill Dara played a half-time exhibition game which was a great way to promote girls rugby within the province.
If you are interested in setting up age grade girls rugby in your club, please contact Jennie Bagnall by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or Noeleen Spain by emailing email@example.com.
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