Girls /Womens Rugby in Connacht

News Update January 2007

Girls' rugby is a rapidly growing sport in Leinster, Munster and Ulster and in the past few years, has become a very popular activity among girls and women of all ages. Due to the demand by girls to play the game, Connacht, for the first time, appointed a women's rugby development officer earlier this year. Roisin McNulty took on the role in October 2006. Her primary role this year involves increasing participation numbers in the game by providing outlets for women and girls of all ages to play.

There are various ways for girls and women to get involved in rugby:

Primary Schools- Following last year's very successful primary schools extravaganza, Wendy Hickey is continuing her work in developing girls tag rugby at primary schools around Galway. Girl's tag rugby is currently played in 4 primary schools in Galway city from 4th-6th class. A tag blitz will be held in February involving over 200 girls from Galway schools.

Secondary Schools– A secondary schools competition is being piloted this year and 2 blitzes in spring 2007 will display teams from all over Galway city and county and as well as Roscommon and Mayo. The rugby played at secondary schools level is leprechaun rugby. This is a fast and exciting soft contact game of Touch rugby, encouraging the positive development of running, balancing and handling skills. It is a very flexible sport that can be played by any number of players and the size of the pitch can be increased or reduced accordingly. It can be played on a variety of surfaces; grass, asphalt/tarmac or in sports halls.

Colleges- Women's college Rugby is one of the most popular ways for women to get involved in the game all over Ireland. NUIG, Sligo IT & St. Angela's College, Sligo is currently competing in the Irish Colleges League. Athlone IT is also in the process of re-developing Women's rugby in the college. The rugby played at college/university level is full contact and is played with 10 or 13 a side. A Connacht Colleges Cup will be held for the first time in March 2007 and will involve up to 80 female student participants.

Clubs:

Galwegians are currently the sole representative of Connacht Womens rugby in the All Ireland League and the team competes in the top division. It is currently a senior club (over 18) but plans are being put in place to introduce a youth section in early 2007. Watch out for information on the website!

Creggs RFC re-introduced women's rugby into the club this year and have been training since November. The club have both senior women and U18s training every week and the youth team are due to play their first challenge match in early 2007. For more information contact Rebecca Egan – [email protected]

Connacht Provincial Side: The Connacht Ladies side finished their 2006 campaign with a draw against Ulster in the 3rd place playoff held in Musgrave Park on 16th December.

Irish National Team: Based on their performances for the Connacht Ladies side this season, prop Gillian Bourke and outhalf Catriona NicCaba were named in the Irish training squad for 2007. We wish them all the best as they take the step into international rugby!

Girls & Ladies, Want to TRY Rugby? If you are interested in getting involved in rugby or getting rugby started in your school or area please contact

Roisin McNulty, Connacht Rugby Branch, Sportsground, Galway.

Phone: (087)6445268.             Email:  [email protected] 

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