Video | Women’s And Girls’ Rugby In Munster
27th July 2022 By The Editor
The 2021/22 season was a special one for women’s and girls’ rugby in the province as the levels of participation increased at many levels while it also saw the introduction of some brand new competitions and initiatives.
At age-grade level, club cup competitions for emerging teams were introduced to ensure that all girls across the province had the opportunity to play cup rugby. Across league, cup and friendlies, 71 games were played throughout the season at U18.5 level, 86 games at U16 level and 112 games at U14 level, the latter reflecting the growth in that age category.
In Schools rugby, the inaugural Munster Schools Girls Junior and Senior Cups were held with the final for each competition taking place in Musgrave Park at the end of March as part of a double-header.
An enhanced Munster Women’s Player Development Pathway was introduced last season with over 140 girls taking part in five different training centres at U16 and U18 level throughout the province. This number was reduced gradually throughout the season to culminate in the final squads chosen for the Munster U17 and Munster U18 Summer Programme. Throughout the season 52 Munster led age-grade player development sessions took place outside of the regular club and school development sessions.
Last season also saw the introduction of a Front-Five Programme which sees position specific coaching take place for those in the Munster Women’s Player Development Pathway while the U14 age-grade was included for the first time in the ever-growing emerging schools programme.
There were increases in the number of schools taking part in the emerging schools programme while there were also increases in the number of participants involved in blitz days in different age groups.
Of course, the Senior Munster Women’s side also won the Vodafone Women’s Interprovincial Championship at the start of last season.
If you are interested in joining girls’ or women’s rugby for the 2022/23 season, please contact your local club or contact Women’s Development Officer Ken Imbusch at email@example.com
The below video showcases the benefits and positives of playing girls’ and women’s rugby in Munster.