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Ultimate aim for Ennis/Kilrush RFC is to play in the All Ireland league

Ennis/Kilrush women’s rugby club have only been in existence for two years. Their growth and progress has been nothing short of sensational with huge success. This year alone they won the Division 1 league and Munster Cup. Beaten in the All Ireland semi-final by a solitary try against eventual winners Tullow has only whetted their appetite and as a club there’s fierce determination to make it to the All Ireland League. Coach Gareth O’Hanlon is so proud of all involved and wants to encourage any girls who might want to take up rugby to come and join the club. “It’s truly been a remarkable journey. To think we’re only two years in existence and to be the standout team in the entire competition is amazing.” Ennis/Kilrush rugby club like to play an attractive brand of attacking rugby and scored a remarkable 65 tries in seventeen matches this year, something coach O’Hanlon is immensely proud of. “When we as a management …

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Colaiste Muire, Ennis

Coláiste Muire secure historic cup final spot

Coláiste Muire will line out in the Pinergy Girls Schools U-19 Munster Senior Cup final next Wednesday after a whirlwind few weeks for the Ennis school. This is the first year that Coláiste Muire have fielded a rugby team with their progress nothing short of remarkable. The team has made an impressive entrance into the U-19A schools cup competition and are set to face off against Sacred Heart Clonakilty in the final. With Joint captains Lyndsey Clarke and Ellis O’Flaherty, who have represented Munster at underage level, at the helm, along with the experience of Orna Moynihan, Sally Kelly and Jennifer Weston, the team possesses quality operators and players who are willing to learn. While Coláiste Muire has achieved great success in music, debating, volleyball, Gaelic Games and athletics, the introduction of a ladies rugby team is another significant milestone. Despite the physicality of the game, respect is at the forefront of the sport as the Coláiste Muire players have …

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St Senan’s takes lead on underage rugby safety

ST Senan’s Rugby Club in Shannon are the first in Ireland to make headgear mandatory at underage level. They have entered into a collaboration with Galway based N-Pro, a world leader in the production of head guards, and it is estimated that wearing the products can reduce impacts to the head significantly. With such high levels of physicality in rugby, there has been major concern in recent years about the impact of hits to the head on players at all levels. Club President Dave Lee said that St Senan’s felt it was important to be proactive about dealing with a common concern. “We are going on feedback from parents, there has been a lot of discussion and concern about concussion and injuries lately, and we felt we had to do something to counteract that worry. We made contact with N-Pro, about maybe doing a collaboration and they jumped at the chance.” He said that the N-Pro product is superior to …

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RUGBY: Considine, McMahon and Ireland see World Cup dreams end

IRELAND suffered a heartbreaking 20-18 defeat to Scotland as they saw their World Cup dreams banished, reports Ivan Smyth. With Clare’s Eimear Considine and Edel McMahon both starting, Ireland led this game by 18-13 heading in to the 80th minute. However, Chloe Rollie scored a try for Scotland before Sarah Law tapped over the conversion against Ireland’s 14 players. With Italy top of the table heading in to this game, the equation was simple for Ireland beforehand. A bonus point win would see them finish top of the table and qualify for the World Cup. The girls in green also had the safety net of a place in the repechage qualifying tournament with a second-place finish. A draw would also have meant Ireland finished second place in a group containing Scotland, Italy and Spain. Considine threatened in attack in the opening half while McMahon looked assured in the back row as Ireland failed to make their forays forward count on …

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RUGBY: Considine named in Ireland squad for crunch World Cup matches

CLARE’S Eimear Considine has been named in Ireland’s squad for three crucial games that could see them qualify for a place at Rugby World Cup 2021, reports Ivan Smyth. Considine crossed the whitewash twice when Ireland defeated Wales 45-0 in the opening round of this year’s Six Nations campaign, cementing her place in Adam Griggs’ squad. She can play as a winger, but was used at full-back in this year’s Six Nations, starting all three games. Considine is one of six Munster women named in the 28 strong panel. Ireland are preparing to go head-to-head with hosts Italy, Spain and Scotland for a place at Rugby World Cup 2021, which will be held next year. Griggs’ side will face Spain in their opening game on Monday, September 13, (5pm Irish time) before meeting Six Nations rivals Italy in Round 2 on Sunday, September 19, (2pm Irish time) and Scotland in Round 3 on Saturday, September 25 (5pm Irish time). The …

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Considine returns to full-back for Ireland in Six Nations opener

HEAD Coach Adam Griggs has named Clare’s Eimear Considine at full-back in his Ireland Match Day 23 to face Wales in Saturday’s Women’s Six Nations game in Cardiff. Considine returns to number 15 as one of the three changes in personnel from the victory over Italy last time out. Ireland will be captained by Ciara Griffin in the opening game of their 2021 Championship campaign at Cardiff Arms Park (Kick-off 5pm, live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player), with Griggs’ starting XV showing three changes to the side that beat Italy at Energia Park last October. Commenting on his selection, Head Coach Griggs says the competition for places within the squad has intensified in recent weeks as the squad stepped up their preparations at the IRFU High Performance Centre. “We are extremely confident in the squad we have selected,” he said. “We have had a great deal of time to prepare together and this group of players have earned the responsibility …

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Ennis player selected in Ireland U/18 sevens squad

Chisom Ugwueru of Ennis RFC is one of twelve players named in the Ireland Under 18 Sevens side to compete in Rugby Europe U-18 Women’s Sevens Championship in Jarocin, Poland this weekend.  Chisom is one of two Musnter players selected. This is the final competition for the Ireland U-18 Women’s Sevens squad this season and forms part of the Women’s Sevens Development pathway for this group. They have been drawn in Pool C and will play against Georgia, Latvia and Scotland.  They played in the Home Nations Tournament last month where they finished in third place. Live streaming is available on The full squad is as follows: Chisom Ugwueru (Ennis/Munster) Grace Browne Moran (Westport/Connacht) Beibhinn Parsons (Ballinasloe/Connacht) Capt Ava Ryder (Westport/Connacht) Leah Reilly (Navan/Leinster) Kate Farrell McCabe (Gorey/Leinster) Caoimhe O’Callaghan (Dundalk/Leinster) Amanda McQuade (Virginia/Ulster) Mya Alcorn (Letterkenny/Ulster) Lucy Turkington (Dungannon/Ulster) India Daley (Enniskillen/ Ulster) Méabh McElligott (Listowel/Munster)

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Great effort by Ennis just falls short

Tullow, Carlow 34 Ennis 27 An all round better balanced Tullow side proved that bit too strong for Ennis in the All-Ireland under 16 rugby cup final at the 4G pitch in Mullingar this afternoon. The Carlow outfit got off to a dream start, scoring a try in the opening minute and they held the lead throughout. That said, Ennis never dropped the heads and battled back strongly, particularly in the second half but the Leinster premier side held the upperhand in the vital areas and deserved their win. “We were on the back foot from the word go. We had prepared well and we thought everything was right for us as the injuries had cleared up but the early score rattled us. We never got ahead and when we scored they hit back with a score. All credit to Tullow, they are a fine team”, Ennis manager Ken Butler said after the game. Tullow kicked off and attacked straight …

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