There has been a phenomenal start to this season’s girls secondary school rugby programme.

Leinster Rugby’s Womens Development Officers (WDO’s) have run several programs in secondary schools with the aim of developing and promoting girl’s rugby across Leinster.

The number of schools involved in these programs is constantly growing.

In the last eight weeks 70 schools have entered our competitions with just under 1,000 girls playing across the province already this season.

Due to this positive interaction from schools, there has been a change in structure to Leinster Rugby’s Female Secondary School’s programs.

With the overwhelming number of schools now taking part, for the first time ever there is now a Tier 1 and Tier 2 competition.

Tier 1 is for schools who are well established and that have been competing for several years and/or have a high number of experienced players from club and provincial rugby. These schools will take part in performance events and can qualify for an IRFU competition. These events offer two contact rugby options, X7’s blitzes and 10-a-side rugby for juniors and seniors.

Tier 2 is to cater for newer schools within the program and these schools will take part in development events. The development events offer a non-contact version of rugby for first years and full contact X7’s blitzes for juniors and seniors.

All events are hosted in local rugby clubs across the province.

There has already been seven first year blitzes and eight junior and senior X7’s blitzes so far this year.

The next round of blitz dates are detailed below.

Schools are welcome to join at any time, at any experience level.

Leinster rugby’s community officers can assist with starting up rugby in your school and if your school would like to get involved, please contact your local WDO:

Jennie Bagnall: Lead Women’s Development Officer – South East and North Midlands jennie.bagnall@leinsterrugby.ie, 086-3322136

Gráinne Vaugh: Womens Development Officer – Metropolitan Area (Dublin City Council) grainne.vaugh@leinsterrugby.ie, 087-2748860

Emily McKeown: Womens Development Officer – Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown emily.mckeown@leinsterrugby.ie, 085-1610396

Niall Kane: Womens Development Officer – North East and Midlands niall.kane@leinsterrugby.ie, 089-4785315

Upcoming blitz events:

Metro Area:
1st year touch, Thursday, 10 November
Junior & Senior X7’s Tier 2, Thursday, 17 November
1st year touch, Thursday 1, December
Junior & Senior X7’s Tier 2, Thursday, 8 December

North East Area:
1st year touch, Tier 1 & 2 Junior & Senior X7’s, Tuesday, 15 November
1st year touch, Tier 1 & 2 Junior & Senior X7’s, Thursday, 15 December

Midlands Area:
1st year touch, Tier 1 & 2 Junior & Senior X7’s, Thursday, 17 November
1st year touch, Tier 1 & 2 Junior & Senior X7’s, Tuesday, 13 December

North Midlands Area:
1st year Touch & Junior and Senior X7’s, Thursday, 10 November
1st year Touch & Junior and Senior X7’s, Tuesday, 6 December

South East Area:
Junior and Senior X7’s Tier 1, Tuesday, 8 November
1st year touch & Junior and Senior X7’s Tier 2, Thursday, 8 December