Following the success of the Jones Lang LaSalle Girls Schools 7s programme, Railway Union have announced the establishment of their Girls 7s academy, which is aimed at girls between 15 and 18…

‘The biggest thing we learned from the schools programme is that there are massively talented, enthusiastic and able girls out there who have the potential to be fantastic rugby players and who can achieve at this sport,” said Director of Women’s Rugby, Shirley Corcoran.

“One of our stated goals is develop Leinster, Irish and Olympic rugby players and this academy is a step toward that.”

“Many of the girls who will take part in the academy will have never played rugby before and will be ‘crossover athletes’, athletic girls who have never tried rugby but would have skills that would be transferable,” said Corcoran.

Railway’s coach Mere Baker, a former New Zealand 7s international and World Cup winner, who is leading the academy, said this could be the first step for many girls to achieve Olympic honours.

‘The level and potential of the girls I’ve seen in Ireland thus far would compare with anything I’ve seen anywhere in the world at this age grade and development,” said Baker, “and what we will be trying to do in the academy is help them to achieve their potential.”

“There are huge opportunities for girls in the sport, with the establishment of IRFU Talent Identification Programme (TID) and the funding of the Women’s 7s and Emerging 7s squads. We will be looking to provide the expert coaching to develop girls to graduate to national honours and achieve what they can in rugby.”


Introduction to Rugby 7s training session: Tuesday 11th June from 6pm to 7pm in Railway
Full screening and assessment session: Saturday 15th June at 10am to 3pm.

To register your interest in the Railway Girls 7s Academy, please e-mail outlining your contact details, date of birth, sporting background, and rugby experience (if any).