Women’s rugby is continuing to grow in North Meath RFC with the help of Leinster Rugby CCRO (Club Community Rugby Officer) Ben Traynor.

After interest was shown by local students, it was decided to start the first ever North Meath RFC girls’ rugby team.

Things started in October 2016 with an U15 girls team. Traynor took the very first ever girls session in North Meath RFC, with a handful of enthusiastic players turning up.

“We have gone from strength to strength since then and finished last season with a few practice matches to give them some game experience,” Traynor said.

A year and a half on, the girls are currently two wins away from the Leinster Rugby  U16 Girls Division 2 title. Considering none of these girls had ever played rugby of any kind before, this is a huge achievement for them and the club. They currently train once a week with anywhere between 16 and 22 girls consistently committing.

There has been huge growth in girls’ rugby in the club this season with North Meath now fielding U12, U16 and senior women’s teams. The U12 girls took part in their first ever blitz before Christmas. The senior women played their first ever game this season and are competing strongly in the Leinster Women’s League.

The aim is to build these teams next year, with plans to compete at U12 right through to U18 and senior level. With the sizeable talent in the area and the strong interest in the game, the goal is to have five female teams competing in the various competitions.

With the season nearly at an end, North Meath are already looking ahead to 2018/19.

For more information on girls/women’s rugby in North Meath RFC or to find out how you can get involved, please email northmeathccro@leinsterrugby.ie.