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24
OCT

Girls rugby on the Isle of Man received a major boost recently when 70 girls in the Under 15 age group from four schools - St Ninianís High School, QE II High School, Castle Rushen High School and King Williamís College - took part in a Rugby Coaching and Tournament day at the National Sports Centre.

The Islandís Rugby Development Officer, Ian Williams, organised the event, with support from Mark Harper from the RFUW and Casey Davies, another of the islands RFU coaches.

The event was also part of the Sunset Island Festival, which is a charitable organisation, which this year is raising funds for the Hospice Charity. All the Schools have raised money to give to the charity and the school that brings in the most money will receive five sessions of coaching from the RDO.

A morning session focused on coaching for both girls and teachers was followed in the afternoon with a round robin tournament in which the girls showed how quickly they had taken to the game after such a short period learning the skills involved.

The winning team at the end of the day was St Ninianís, who won the Trophy supplied by Sunset Island Festivals for the Event.

Rugby on the Isle of Man is developing at a fast rate, with the introduction of girls rugby being the next step on the agenda, as well as a growing youth structure and more adult teams becoming involved in the League structures in England.

Girls Rugby is boosted this year by the Vagabonds ladies team joining the NC North West 2 Division of the RFUW league, a development that will give girls a opportunity to compete at a higher level, but also require an even stronger base to be developed at an earlier age to provide a sound supporting structure.

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