Date: *Revised Dates as follows:-*
Thu 26th April – Underage Boys/Girls comps / Women’s comps
Commencing at 18.30pm
Fri 27th April – Senior Men comp – Commencing at 18.30pm
Extended Programme Set to Grow Sevens Development through Clubs!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Irish rugby Football Union have announced details of the 2012 IRFU Club Sevens competition with the new extended programme in each province now set to include underage boys and girls sections as a key part to the development of sevens rugby.
The four provincially based tournaments will see clubs take aim for a place in the IRFU All Ireland Club Sevens Championship in May. Both of the winning all Ireland senior men’s and women’s teams will then go on to represent Ireland in the Amsterdam Sevens tournament that also takes place in May.
Last year’s competition saw clubs from all over Ireland participate in the provincial events and subsequently the national finals, which took place in St Mary’s College RFC on May 21st.
This year, all of the provincial tournaments will see men’s (senior and junior) and women’s teams drawn from clubs all over Ireland wrapping up the season in a highly competitive seven-a-side form of the game. The newly added underage boys and girls sections are expected to draw a large entry of teams.
IRFU Leisure Rugby Manager Olly Hodges said, “For a first year competition coming at the end of a busy season, last year was a great success in terms of the clubs who committed teams to the provincial and then national tournaments. The IRFU’s club sevens strategy has been to introduce the sevens game in a more formal manner for clubs rather than how the other invitational tournaments do. This allows clubs to bring actual grassroots players into competitive tournaments to play on a level playing environment and so let players develop their own understanding and experience of the game.”
Last year’s men’s final was contested between Dublin University and Ulster Bank Division 1B side U.L. Bohemians, with the students eventually winning out 39-10 in a thrilling final. In the Women’s competition, U.L. Bohemians emerged as champions having defeated St. Mary’s College RFC in the final 22-0.
Tony Smeeth, Director of Rugby, Dublin University who recently won Division 2A of the Ulster Bank League said, “Winning the 2011 All-Ireland Club Sevens title couldn’t have happened at a better time. The confidence throughout the team following the win at the national finals and then at the 2011 Copenhagen Sevens was a massive boost ahead of our 2011/2012 Ulster Bank League season. Playing in the IRFU Sevens certainly contributed to our core skill set and having the confidence to back ourselves to ‘go for it’. This suits the way we want to play fifteens.”
Barry Murphy, Director of Rugby, U.L.Bohemians said, “In addition to the core of our team from the fifteen aside game, the IRFU Club Sevens competitions handed our women’s team a chance to introduce some up and coming players to senior rugby. This has proven itself invaluable in the development of our current squad this year and will continue to do so each year we participate. We are looking forward immensely to the challenge ahead in this year’s tournament and will hopefully match last season’s achievements.”
Four provincial rounds of IRFU Club Sevens will take place on April 28th with the All-Ireland Championship taking place two weeks later at Buccaneers RFC on Saturday, May 12th.
Details on IRFU Club Sevens dates, registration and news can be found on www.irfusevens.ie.
2011/12 IRFU CLUB SEVENS TOURNAMENTS
Saturday April 28th
– Connacht Championship (Galway Sportsground, Galway)
– Leinster Championship (De La Salle Palmerston, Dublin)
– Munster Championship (Bruff RFC, Limerick)
– Ulster Championship (Belfast Harlequins RFC, Belfast)
Saturday May 12th
– All Ireland Club Sevens Championship (Buccaneers RFC, Athlone)