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Team News for Women's Inter-pro Leinster v Connacht
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The team news for this weekend’s Senior Women’s Inter-pro’s has been announced. Connacht travel to face Leinster in Donnybrook on the back of a narrow defeat to Munster last weekend. Connacht are looking to get their campaign up and running and will be boosted by the return of Ruth O’Reilly to the starting line-up. It promises to be an exciting day of rugby in the capital with Ireland facing Wales in the Aviva Stadium earlier in the day. Kick off in the Women’s Inter-pro is at 5pm. 

 

Connacht

1

Ruth O’Reilly

Galwegians

2

Ciara O’Connor

Galwegians

3

Laura Feely

Galwegians

4

Siobhan Barrett

St Marys

5

Catriona Cassidy

Carlow

6

Edel McMahon

NUIG/Galwegians

7

Grainne Egan

St Marys

8

Carol Staunton

Galwegians

9

Mary Healy

Galwegians

10

Clare Raftery

Galwegians

11

Jill Draper

Tullamore

12

Sene Naoupu

Galwegians

13

Niamh Ni Dhroma

Buccaneers

14

Aine Staunton

UL Bohemians

15

Mairead Coyne

Galwegians

     

16

Ciara Farrell

Tullamore

17

Amanda Kelly

Tuam

18

Eimear Murphy

Carlow/Ballina

19

Rita Breen

NUIG

20

Christine Arthurs

Tralee

21

Nicole Fowley

Galwegians

22

Emma Clery

Galwegians

23

Emer O’Mahony

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Brave Connacht Downed by Munster in First Women's Inter-pro
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Connacht 3 Munster 8 (HT 3-3)

Defending champions Munster held a resurgent second-half Connacht side to nil-all after the break, Munster's 18th minute penalty and unconverted try on half-time enough to steer them clear five points ahead at the finish in Galway. 

Munster, well aware of Connacht's ability to convert turnover ball into points last year, kept the hosts well clear of the Reds' dangerzone, outhalf Niamh Briggs' educated right boot the go-to exit when inside their own 40m. Connacht, by contrast, saw fit to fling the ball about in their own 40m chewing through valuable energy reserves and leaving themselves open to relentless pressure every time they made a mistake.W40PX

Given the weather swung wildly from breezy sunshine to squally showers, neither red nor green camp was immune to errors; disappointingly for the hosts however was the fact both camps' made the majority of blunders inside Connacht territory. That said, while Munster looked the more comfortable with ball-in-hand, Connacht's defensive system appeared to be the stronger of the two. Former international Niamh Kavanagh (13), Munster midfield stalwart Nicola Scully (12) and the ever-dangerous Briggs (10) found few chinks in the armour.

Briggs drew first blood about halfway through the first half 26m from the posts, and her opposite Nicole Fowley replied 12minutes later from the Munster 22m just wide of the right upright. The sole Munster try came from a well-worked counter-attack just outside the Connacht 22m, a penalty clearance to within 10m of the Connacht line and an ensuing lineout maul which crossed eight metres in from the Clann Stand touch as ref Susan Carty blew for the break.

As crucial as defence is in modern rugby undeniably invaluable in minimising opposition points, it seldom scores any as Connacht discovered only too well on Saturday. Connacht centre Mairead Coyne kept Scully and Kavanagh busy (a second-half injection from Sene Naoupu did similar), and prop Laura Feely combined well with hooker Ciara O Connor, but an overall inability to retain possession for more than three or four phases at a time, and continuing lineout woes, continue to hamper Western wishes for a heavyweight scalp.

Munster's safety-first approach where territory was concerned and an ever-present loose forward trio of the internationally-capped Heather O Brien and Siobhan Fleming pair, plus livewire openside Ciara Griffin meant unforced errors seldom went unpunished. O Brien carried from the back of the scrum four times in the first half to alleviate pressure for Munster when most needed, and Griffin's workrate (rivalled only by Connacht opposite Grainne Egan) meant there was no respite for grounded Green ball-carriers. Much of Fleming's damage was done during Connacht lineouts.

With few free passes given to either team, Munster was the more clinical with ball-in-hand preferring to surrender possession for territory and await mistakes. Given the day that was in it, the Munster strategy was hard to fault given greasy conditions would have likely played havoc with hands and retention.

Munster meet Ulster this weekend coming in the second round with the reigning champs tipped to go two from two, Connacht head east to Donnybrook to meet Leinster 5pm, on Saturday evening.

 

 
Portumna Girls Youth Open Day a Success
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Portumna Girls Rugby would like to give a massive thanks to all who turned up for our open evening, great to see all the old faces and so many new ones. We had a great game of tag rugby and super to see all the players and coaches getting out on the pitch. We are back again next Wednesday 26th August  @ 6.30pm at the Sign Out Café pitch (opposite Portumna Secondary School) for U13/U15/U18 Girls  for some more fun :) see you there - if you have any queries please contact 0879515023

Click on the Women's Rugby LTPD image below for more information on developing women's rugby in your club.

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IRFU Announce Long Term Player Development (LTPD) Model for Women's rugby
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The Irish Rugby Football Union has developed a Long Term Player Development (LTPD) Model for Women's rugby, providing an integrated framework to facilitate the development of female players at all levels of participation and experience.  The model, launched troday, was developed to ensure the continued growth of the Women's game.

Developed by the IRFU Women's and Girls Development Executive, Nora Stapleton, with assistance from IRFU Head of Technical Direction, Steve Aboud, in consultation with provincial Branch staff and women's rugby development officers nationwide, it is designed to provide a framework to ensure that coaching, training and playing the game is always appropriate for the developmental stage of the players involved.

The model is player-centered with emphasis on the specific characteristics and capabilities of players at each stage of development.

The LTPD comes just days before the IRFU Women's Sevens Dublin, the first World Rugby international seven tournament to be held in Ireland, will take place over the weekend of the 22-23rd August.  The IRFU is also building towards the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup, which will be held in Dublin and Belfast.

Launching the document IRFU Women and Girl's Development Executive Nora Stapleton said:
"While women's rugby was part of the overall Long Term Player Development model launched by the IRFU in 2006, the new model has been developed to ensure the pathway and long-term participation, performance and enjoyment of rugby specifically for girls and women.  In essence it is a blueprint for the future development of our game.

The model will influence and promote current IRFU rugby coaching courses targeting all levels of the women's game so that all coaches are aware of the individual player capabilities and development opportunities at each stage. We have used four P's to capture the overall essence of the model and the future of female rugby; increase Participation, bring Passion, nurture Potential and achieve great Performance.

It is important to remember that the LTPD model is not intended to be a production line of world-class players but rather an integrated series of stages to maximise the potential of players according to their own ability and ambition. Ultimately of course, the successful establishment and maintenance of a long-term programme of development will be essential to that small number of players with the talent and aspiration to become elite performers.

Finally, due to the embryonic stage of the female game in Ireland, part of the document focuses on late beginner players to rugby ensuring that we introduce them to the game in a safe and enjoyable manner."

Philip Browne, Chief Executive added:
"The women's game perfectly reflects rugby values with respect, inclusivity, excellence, integrity and perhaps most importantly, fun, at the fore of the game throughout the country.  Clubs that operate women's teams and promote the opportunity for women to take a lead in terms of volunteerism, coaching, development and strategic growth, are reaping the rewards.

For those clubs who are already embracing the women's game, the LTPD will provide an additional resource to develop their players, grow the game, ensure continued safety and broaden engagement. 

For those clubs who are yet to establish female teams, or promote the participation of women in their club, I urge them to do so, and to use this plan to develop a club strategy for broadening the rugby family.”

Welcoming the initiative Louis Magee, IRFU Immediate Past President said
"When the Irish Women's RFU and the IRFU came together in 2006 we set ambitious targets to grow the women's game.  Now, having grown the game beyond expectation, with over 100% growth and almost 90 clubs fielding an adult women's team, it is the opportune time to examine the on-going development of the sport to ensure continued enjoyment and fun for all and the development of players with international potential.

There are great developments happening in the women's game, with international tournaments in both sevens and fifteens to look forward to this summer and in 2017, and I congratulate everyone who has helped to develop this road-map for the development of our women's game, and look forward to the continued growth of this great sport.”

For more information and to download the document, please visit http://www.irishrugby.ie/womensltpd

 

 
Team News Announced for Women's Inter-pro this Saturday
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Connacht Women’s Rugby hosts a rare representative doubleheader this weekend at The Sportsground, Munster the visitors – both senior and Under-18.

2014 Inter-pro Championship winners Munster denied the West Coasters tournament spoils last year with a 38m penalty on full-time to win 9-7. Had the penalty strayed wide, or indeed Connacht not infringed, a 7-6 victory would have gifted Connacht the title on points differential given Leinster would have joined the pair on two wins apiece.Connacht Womens Squad pic500px

Of last year’s 26, 18 return including captain Ruth O’Reilly who picked up a Six Nations title in the interim. It will be former Irish international Sinead Cosgrave however who kicks off Saturday’s schedule as Connacht Under-18 coach, their 1.00pm kickoff the curtain-raiser for Saturday’s main game (3.00pm).

Continuity, she said, was always an issue in underage sport given birthdays deny several the opportunity to return for another bite of the cherry but Cosgrave was confident this year’s emerging talent lacked little in terms of skill and focus in 2015. “Ballinasloe, Creggs, Galwegians, Ballina, Tuam and Westport are all represented so it really is the pick of the province. They’ve all adhered to strength & conditioning programmes since May and for youngsters so new to elite level training they’ve impressed us from the start. On Saturday we measure just how impressive that focus has been.”

Cosgrave was confident the majority of her 2015 crop would feature as Connacht seniors in due course. Two underage graduates, Castlebar’s Ursula Sammon and Ballina’s Eimear Murphy, found favour with senior selectors Luke O’Donnell and George Naoupu this year.

Connacht boasts a tidy balance sheet thus far outscoring a Munster trial selection three tries to two at the end of July and posting 46 points to Ulster’s seven a fortnight ago in Athlone. O’Donnell conceded pre-season fixtures count for little at this stage however, but added this weekend had been the sole focus for several weeks. Munster’s Saturday game is Connacht’s only home fixture this summer, away to Leinster in Donnybrook next weekend, and in Portadown v Ulster on September 5.

 

Connacht Senior Women

 

 

Munster Senior Women

1

Laura Feely

 

15

Valerie Power

2

Ciara O’Connor

 

14

Deirbhile Nic a Bhaird

3

Eimear Murphy

 

13

Niamh Kavanagh

4

Rita Breen

 

12

Nicola Scully

5

Marion Sheridan

 

11

Laura O’Mahony

6

Edel McMahon

 

10

Niamh Briggs

7

Grainne Egan

 

9

Ellen Murphy

8

Christine Arthurs

 

1

Fiona Reidy

9

Mary Healy

 

2

Amy Desmond

10

Nicole Fowley

 

3

Leah Lyons

11

Niamh Ni Dhroma

 

4

Gerda Coyne

12

Emma Clery (Captain)

 

5

Elaine Anthony

13

Mairead Coyne

 

6

Siobhán Flemming

14

Ursula Sammon

 

7

Ciara Griffin

15

Aine Staunton

 

8

Heather O’Brien

 

Replacements

   

Replacements

16

Ciara Farrell

 

16

Zoe Grattage

17

Amanda Kelly

 

17

Maura Collins

18

Ruth O’Reilly

 

18

Niamh English

19

Carol Staunton

 

19

Róisín Ormond

20

Catriona Cassidy

 

20

Chloe Pearse

21

Jill Draper

 

21

Mona Fehily

22

Sene Naoupu

 

22

Jayne Pennefather

23

Clare Raftery

 

23

Edel Murphy

 

 
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