The Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby School of Excellence 2018 was launched today at Leinster Rugby’s base in UCD.

The week-long camp is this year celebrating 21 years of excellence and is one of the most successful rugby camps in Ireland and gives 12 to 17-year-old boys and girls the opportunity to experience what a week in the life of a professional rugby player is like.

A number of Leinster Rugby players were out in force in UCD to start the celebrations in earnest.

In attendance were Isa Nacewa, Luke McGrath and Rhys Ruddock, while Eimear Corri and Aimee Clarke from Leinster Women’s Senior Team also joined in the celebrations.

Eimear Corri, who attended the Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby School of Excellence in 2015 and 2016 said, “The Leinster School of Excellence is a great opportunity for young players, both boys and girls to live like a pro and experience what life is like in the Leinster camp.

“It definitely helped me in my progression and whether you end up playing for Leinster Rugby or in your school or local club, the experience gained over the week will definitely stand to you.”

Other Leinster Rugby players such as Joey Carbery, Tadhg Furlong and Jeremy Loughman have attended the Leinster Rugby School of Excellence which is aimed at developing players and fine-tuning their skills.

The content of the camp has been developed to reflect the modern game and as a result has become the highlight of the summer calendar for many young players as they gain a greater understanding of the game and learn about values such as teamwork, commitment, integrity and communication.

The Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby School of Excellence camp includes:

  • Top class coaching from professional Leinster Rugby affiliated coaches
  • An introduction to sports psychology for young players
  • Nutritional information for the young player
  • Daily swimming pool recovery
  • Daily video analysis
  • Weekly Leinster Rugby Academy player visits
  • Flexibility work
  • Weekly guest speaker
  • Team building evening

Speaking at the launch, Stephen Maher, Manager of the Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby School of Excellence said, “The Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby School of Excellence is one of the highlights of the summer for many young boys and girls. It has gone from strength to strength in recent years and 2018 promises to be bigger and better than ever, as we are celebrating 21 years.

“Places are filling up quickly so I would urge anyone interested to book their place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment and receive our early bird offer before it ends on 23rd March.”

Places are limited as the School of Excellence continues to grow in popularity with over 1,000 attendees in 2017. Residential places cost €399 while non-residential places cost €299.

For further information and to book a place, go to