Your local club is the heartbeat of rugby, why not try it out?   06/11/2019

If you watched and enjoyed the Rugby World Cup why take a trip to Longford Rugby Club?

By Tommy Butler Longford RFC PRO

One of the best Rugby World Cups ever is over.  Congratulations to the winners, South Africa who are the first team ever to lift the Webb Ellis trophy after losing a pool game.  The South African Captain, Siya Kolisi gave an incredible post match speech about how if South Africa unites like the rugby team did, a team made up of all members of the rainbow nation, then South Africa can overcome its many problems and move forward as one.  Kolisi hails from a Township in the city of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.  He outlined how the last time South Africa won the competition in 1995 that he watched the match in a shebeen as his family could not afford a television and that he often had to go without meals.  He worked incredibly hard, earned himself a scholarship in Grey College, Port Elizabeth, where the new Ireland attack coach Mike Catt also went and eventually went on to become the first Black Captain of South African.  For a person with a personal stake in the country, having married a beautiful South African, hopefully this is a turning point for a country which has incredible potential but had been so badly run since the wonderful promise of Nelson Mandela’s early years as the country’s first democratically elected leader.  It shows rugby’s potential to unite and help people reach their potential.  I have seen it many times over the year’s, whether it is helping a younger player get through some difficult times growing up or giving a player the ability to know how to be a team player and much more.

Anything from being an elitist sport, if you look at provincial rugby, it is a sport for players of all shapes, sizes and back rounds both male and female.  The beating heart of Irish rugby as and always will be the clubs of which Longford is a big part.  We have nearly 400 underage players and field three teams at Senior level, two Men’s and one Women’s.  The dedication these unpaid players put in week in week out is up there with any other sport and you may be surprised with the quality of rugby on offer.  Longford Rugby Club prides itself on the great welcome it offers and the vociferous support that is gives to its teams.  

Maybe you are person who watched the Rugby World Cup or regularly tune into Provincial matches featuring Leinster, Connacht, Munster or Ulster and enjoy what you see?  Then why not come down to CPL Park on a Saturday or Sunday to watch some of our Underage teams or Senior Teams play?   Our Senior Men’s Teams play in the Leinster League most Sundays.  They play a great brand of rugby and we are told again and again by people who have not previously visited CPL Park before, that they really enjoyed the rugby being played and did not really know about the great club, facilities and welcome on offer.  Our Women’s Team also play in the Leinster League most Sundays along with our underage teams from U6 to U18.

So the close out is rugby is a brilliant game, which any player or volunteer can get so much out of.  The chance to play or watch great rugby or even help out is right on your doorstep.  Why not try something different and come down on a Sunday to watch one of our great Senior teams and even have some delicious food or drink in our great restaurant.  Logon onto or check out the Longford Leader for up to date fixtures and events.  


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