The Munster Under-18 Girls team visited Cork IT recently to observe some of the Ireland Women’s training camp. They got a chance to meet the players and coaching staff and understand the skills and dedication required to play international rugby.
On the day the Munster Under-18 girls were invited to sit in on a team video analysis session and squad meeting before observing the Ireland players on the pitch session.
Ireland Women’s head coach Philip Doyle took time out during the video session to address the group and explain the process that players go through in order to progress to the national squad.
He also highlighted the importance of video analysis and the procedures surrounding this for the management and squad.
After the field session, a number of players, including Ireland captain Fiona Coghlan, took some time to answer questions from the girls, giving them an insight into the commitment and sacrifices needed to wear the Irish jersey.
Ireland team manger Gemma Crowley said: “It was fantastic to have members of the Munster Under-18 squad visit today’s training session and we hope that they enjoyed the afternoon.
“It is a great opportunity for these young players to see the standards and get more of an insight into the national team.
“No doubt that it is a very achievable dream for many of these young ladies to represent their country in the future and it is great for the current internationals to be able to impart some of their knowledge and encouragement to these players.
“We would like to thank them all as well as Amanda (Greensmith) for taking time out of their weekend to come along and we hope that they benefitted from the afternoon.”
All of the underage players on the day enjoyed the visit and it certainly gave them inspiration to continue their development as players aspiring to wear the green jersey in the future.