The sun shone on Carton House on Sunday as twelve teams from all four provinces played out a Mini Women’s Rugby World Cup as excitement builds for the tournament later this year.
Watched by Ireland Women’s captain Niamh Briggs and with the Women’s Rugby World Cup trophy on display, it was a wonderful day of rugby and fun.
Briggs, who is recovering from the hamstring injury that ruled her out of the recent Women’s Six Nations, was on hand to meet the teams and offer advice on skills.
Speaking at the Mini Women’s Rugby World Cup Festival, she said: “It’s just fantastic to see so many young girls enjoying the game and to have their parents and coaches involved is great too.
“There were some serious skills on display here which is brilliant but most important of all was the fun everyone had, both here and on the bus journey – that’s all part of developing their love of the game.”
Carton House, normally the training base of the Ireland Men’s squad, provided a picturesque backdrop as the young teams got a chance to play their matches on pitches that had lately been graced by Rory Best and his national team-mates.
Each team represented one of the countries that have qualified for the Women’s Rugby World Cup which takes place in Dublin and Belfast in August, playing several matches on the day.
— John Molloy (@JohnCMolloy) April 3, 2017
The festival was one of a series of events that mark the build-up to what promises to be the most exciting Women’s Rugby World Cup to date, and was also one of the stops on the Trophy Tour which will visit clubs and schools in every county in Ireland.
Check out some of the photos from the day on our facebook page:
Thank you to all the teams who took part and to the girls, parents and coaches who helped make the day such a success.
The trophy tour moves on to Connacht this week and you can find an event at a club or school near you on www.rwcwomens.com.
Mini Women’s Rugby World Cup Festival Teams:
Gort/Portumna – Canada
Claremorris – Wales
Ballina – Japan
Virginia – Ireland
Donaghadee – New Zealand
Armagh/Malone – England
Bruff – Australia
Abbeyfeale – Spain
Fethard – Italy
Metro Barbarians – Hong Kong
Navan – France
Portarlington – USA