Scoil Mhuire in Clane recently hosted a successful; Girls Tag Rugby Blitz and the competition was the culmination of several weeks of hard work by staff in Drogheda, Greystones and Clane schools, to assist Leinster Rugby staff and teach girls how to play Tag Rugby…

A total of six teams travelled from three different Secondary schools in Leinster; St David’s in Greystones, Drogheda Grammar, and the hosting School, Scoil Mhuire, Clane to play in the competition.

Several other schools; King’s Hospital, Maynooth Post Primary, St Wolstan’s, and Newbridge College also took part in the girls Tag Rugby training programme but were unable to travel to compete on the day.

Teams were made up of players from 2nd to 6th year and the competition was organised in five rounds of 15 minute games. The final round of matches were extremely exciting with Clane defeating Drogheda Grammar and taking home the medals for first place.

The girls Tag programme was run to promote 7’s rugby and help introduce the full contact 7’s game to Leinster schools in the run up to the 2016 Olympics where Ireland hopes to compete.

September 2010 will be the first time that Leinster Rugby have held Schools 7’s competitions for girls, and judging by the skill and talent demonstrated by the players in this blitz, the competitions next year will also be a huge success.

Special thanks to Eoin Dunne and Paul Kennedy all their hard work and assistance and to Padraig Carbury and Principal Nolan at Scoil Mhuire, Clane for hosting the event.

If you are interested in your school playing Girls Rugby 7’s please contact Jennie Bagnall, Leinster Women’s Development Officer on 086-3322136.