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Girls Schools Rugby Programme 2014/15
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Connacht Rugby will be running blitzes and competitions for girls schools interested in playing contact and non contact rugby. The Play Rugby programme has been run in schools around Connacht in the past few years, and we would like to invite more schools to have the opportunity to participate. The focus at the start of the year is to increase participation in contact rugby in order to link this directly to the local rugby club.

The contact training will take place after school for 1 hour once/twice a week and coached by a Rugby Development Officer or coach from the local rugby club. Schools that are interested would need to have a member of staff available in the vicinity should an injury occur.

There are two categories this year - U15's for 1st to 3rd Years, and U18s for 4th to 6th years. 

If this is something that you think your school could be interested in, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , for more information and to confirm training times. Training sessions would start from September with blitzes schedules in October and November. Schools are asked to take part in both blitzes in their region, as well as the Cup competition.

Team size: Maximum of 10 per team (playing 7 a side)

Galway Region (Venues TBC)

  • Tuesday October 7th
  • Wednesday October 22nd

Mayo Region (Venues TBC)

  • Thursday October 9th
  • Tuesday October 21st


There will be a cup competition for both regions, in a venue to be decided, on November 20th.

IRFU Targets Next Generation of Women's Rugby Stars
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The Irish Rugby Football Union are aiming to capitalise on the success and interest in the recent Women's Rugby World Cup by supporting anyone who wants to develop girls minis rugby teams across the country with the launch of a new initiative – "Give it a Try – Girls minis”.
The IRFU developed a step-by-step guide and support pack, which includes balls, bibs and cones, to encourage parents, former players, potential volunteers and everyone else who may wish to develop a girls minis team in their locality – even if they have no background or experience playing rugby.
The guide will be issued to rugby clubs throughout the country, encouraging them to identify someone to develop a girls minis team and is also available on the Irish Rugby website, for those who are not yet affiliated with a club, but wish to learn more.
In addition the IRFU is re-launching its successful Give it a Try programme, which was introduced following the Grand Slam win of 2013 and resulted in an additional 14 clubs fielding women's teams, with open days taking place in clubs across the country.  Details of open days are available , with more clubs signing up each week.
The IRFU will also repeat its Play Rugby and Play Girls Rugby programmes, which last year resulted in almost 7,000 primary school girls and 5,500 secondary school girls partaking in variations of the game of rugby.
Nora Stapleton, Women & Girls Rugby Development Executive and member of the Ireland Women's Rugby Team, commented,
"Most rugby clubs encourage girls to join Mixed Minis Rugby but research has shown that when separate Boy and Girl sections are available more girls participate and continue to play and enjoy the game.  For this reason we are encouraging clubs, parents and anyone who wishes to help develop girls minis rugby to take up our invitation to "Give it a Try”.
Fiona Coghlan, captain of the Ireland Women's Team at the recent Women's Rugby World Cup in France, commented,
"The growing interest in women's rugby is really positive for the potential long term growth of the sport and the IRFU have identified a number of potential entry points for new players into the game.  It is encouraging that the Give it a Try programme is establishing a support framework to encourage as many girls and women as possible to play rugby.”

Give It a Try: Buccaneers
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015As part of the Give It a Try series; Buccaneers RFC will be hosting an open night for ladies to give the game of rugby a try next Thursday week 28th of August at 7pm. All are invited and encouraged to attend the event which will be held in Buccaneers RFC at the Bounty. 

Give It aTry
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Sligo RFC are having their open night (youth and adult) as part of the IRFU "Give it a Try" campaign on August 19th at 6:30 pm on the rugby pitch in Sligro RFC grounds. These are exciting times for women's rugby in Ireland, so come and Give it a Try!​

Connacht Women's AGM
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The AGM of the Women’s Committee of the Connacht Branch of the IRFU will be held in Galwegians RFC, Dublin Road, Galway on Tuesday 12th August at 7.30pm.

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