A NEW season of rugby will begin when the Kilkenny youths return to training this week
The under-17s and under-19s will have their first training session of the new campaign tomorrow (Thursday). All players are asked to be on the field at Foulkstown by 7pm.
Both sides will return to action looking to replicate successful performances last season. The under-19s won the Leinster League Division One title last year while the under-17s contested the Culliton Cup final for the first time in three decades and reached the latter stages of the Leinster League.
New players are also welcome to both grades. Further information is available from Mick McGrath (under-17), tel 086-8242735 or Alan O’Brien (under-19), tel 086-8516034.
Leinster rugby held its most successful outing to date in Kilkenny when 74 aspiring young rugby players took part in the annual Summer camp at Foulkstown last week. Under the guidance of Leinster branch coaches, more than 50 of the participants experienced rugby for the first time.
The Leinster starts who visited the Kilkenny camp were new out-half Matt Berquist, who joined the province recently from New Zealand Super 15 side Auckland and Irish under-20 international Brendan Moran, one of the players vying to replace Brian O’Driscoll.
As well as signing autographs, posing for photos and taking part in games with the young players, the Leinster duo took to the Kilkenny philosophy when borrowing some hurleys and sliotars and enjoyed a puck around with the locals much to the amusement of Matt, who had never experienced hurling in New Zealand. As well as introducing players to rugby, it is hoped that the camp will encourage the majority of the newcomers to join the club when the mini section resumes in September.
The mini section (under-6 to 12) will return to action the week after the All-Ireland hurling final. Registration for all players will be held from 10am to 12 noon at the club grounds in Foulkstown for the remaining Sundays in September. New players are always welcome, with coaching provided by qualified coaches.