Community Rugby Officers are responsible for promoting and developing the game in clubs and the wider community to support increased player participation in their designated area of the province.

Leinster Rugby currently has 12 CROs across the province and have just welcomed two new CROs to the South-East (Wicklow, Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford) and North Midlands (Kildare, Laois).

The new South-East CRO Ben Armstrong previously worked as a CCRO (Club Community Rugby Officers) in Wicklow RFC for two years after arriving in Ireland from Australia.

The new North Midlands CRO Joe Carbery, formerly the CCRO of Athy RFC, has worked with Leinster Rugby for the past 10 years.

As CCROs, both would have worked with clubs, schools and community groups to deliver tailored rugby programmes and expand the game within clubs and schools.

Declan Fassbender, Leinster Rugby Community Rugby Manager, said: “We are delighted to welcome the two lads to Leinster Rugby. Both bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise to the roles and I have no doubt they will contribute extremely positively to the continued growth of rugby in Leinster.”

Everyone at Leinster Rugby would like to take this opportunity to wish both Ben and Joe the very best of luck in their new roles, which will benefit both rugby communities as we continue to achieve success from the ground up.

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