The #WRWC2017 Trophy Tour has already clocked up over 5,000 kilometres and visited over 70 venues in four weeks. The tour is proving hugely popular at schools, clubs and rugby festivals the length and breadth of Ireland and there’s plenty more to come…
This week the trophy has been in Connacht with trips to Portumna, Westport, the Connacht Easter Camps and Galwegians.
The Galwegians visit was the perfect example of how special the Trophy Tour is for a club and the wider community.
Their fun day that marked the visit included an appearance by several Women’s Internationals, skills fun, matches, ice cream and so much more.
The girls even got specially commissioned medals as part of the day.
— GalwegiansWomensRFC (@GalwegiansWomen) April 9, 2017
‘Wegians is home to several Ireland stars including Ruth O’Reilly, Mary Healy, Mairead Coyne, Ciara O’Connor and Nicole Fowley… and they turned out in full force to support the fun day, train with the younger girls and pass on tips and skills.
One member of the club has a very close connection to the trophy – she won it back in 2006. Former Black Fern Beth Mallard, who is now coaching with Galwegians, was delighted to be reunited with the trophy.
Speaking about the trophy tour fun day Ireland international Ruth O’Reilly said “It was a fantastic day in the club and it was great to see so the women and girls from all age groups training together and enjoying rugby.
The trophy was the centre piece of the day and everyone enjoyed the opportunity to see it up close and take photos with it. Hopefully it will be back in September for a victory tour.’”
Portumna also put on a great day to mark the visit of the trophy including a skills session with Ireland international Sophie Spence.
— Portumna Rugby Club (@port_rugby) April 11, 2017
IRFU Women’s & Girls Development Manager Nora Stapleton is delighted with how the tour has gone so far: ‘The trophy tour has been really well received everywhere it has gone. So many people have turned out and there have been rugby festivals and tournaments to celebrate along the way.
I’ve been to a few of the visits and the reaction is just fantastic. The Women’s Rugby World Cup Ambassadors have been working hard on many of these events and our Development Officers have been instrumental in supporting the tour and the growth of the game.’
This weekend the trophy will move on to Munster with a visit to the Fanzone in Thomond Park for the Munster v Ulster match on Saturday – make sure you get along for a photo and share it using #WRWC2017
Follow the tour on http://www.rwcwomens.com/trophy-tour