300PThe very successful Lep rugby TY programme was given this year in Dominican College Taylor’s Hill in Salthill. Students took the 5 hour course and were to then coach the first years and organize a blitz for them to play in. The blitz took place on the school’s Astro pitch on Friday April 4th, and it was a great success.  Mary Healy, former pupil of Dominican College Taylor’s Hill and scrum half with Galwegians RFC was also on hand with the AIL Cup to encourage girls to take up a new sport. “I played hockey for this school and never thought rugby would have been for me because of my size, but that’s one thing about rugby, it’s a sport for all. I gave it a go, and am part of the Connacht team as well as Galwegians women’s team who brought home the AIL Cup this year. It’s a great sport to be involved in, and you should all consider giving it a try!”

Emer O’Dowd, Connacht rugby development officer, delivered the course and was happy with the result. “The TY rugby programme is an excellent way of getting students involved in the sport. Most of the TY students had played Lep rugby in both national and secondary school, so through the course, they learned how to coach, plan for a blitz, and referee. Ms. Garret, PE teacher, was very impressed and has requested this course to be delivered to the TY’s for next year.”

Wendy Hickey, WCRO, is hoping more schools will avail of this course in the future. “This course is an excellent introduction to rugby on many different levels (coaching, refereeing, planning, etc). The feedback from both students and teachers has been fantastic.”

Anyone interested in girls rugby can contact [email protected].


Gillian McDarby appointed IRFU Head of Women’s Performance & Pathways