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REPRO FREE***PRESS RELEASE NO REPRODUCTION FEE*** IRFU Women's Rugby Long Term Player Development Launch, St. Mary's RFC, Dublin 18/8/2015 The Irish Rugby Football Union has developed a Long Term Player Development Model for WomenÕs rugby, providing an integrated framework to facilitate the development of female players at all levels of participation and experience. The model, launched at IrelandÕs first womenÕs club sevens tournament in St MaryÕs Rugby Club, was developed to ensure the continued growth of the WomenÕs game. Developed by the IRFU WomenÕs and Girls Development Executive, Nora Stapleton, with assistance from IRFU Head of Technical Direction, Steve Aboud, in consultation with provincial Branch staff and womenÕs rugby development officers nationwide, it is designed to provide a framework to ensure that coaching, training and playing the game is always appropriate for the developmental stage of the players involved. The model is player-centered with emphasis on the specific characteristics and capabilities of players at each stage of development. The LTPD comes just days before the IRFU WomenÕs Sevens Dublin, the first World Rugby international seven tournament to be held in Ireland, will take place over the weekend of the 22-23rd August. The IRFU is also building towards the 2017 WomenÕs Rugby World Cup, which will be held in Dublin and Belfast. Pictured at the launch are (L-R) Niamh Briggs, Ireland WomenÕs Captain, Louis Magee, IRFU Immediate Past President, Michael McGeehin, Director of Coaching Ireland and Nora Stapleton, IRFU Women and GirlÕs Development Executive Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

British and Irish Lions plan to launch women’s team

Saturday, 20 May 2017 :  A women’s version of the British and Irish Lions could be launched some time after 2019, according to the team’s chief operating officer Charlie McEwan.

Planning for a women’s team could start after the men’s team’s place in World Rugby’s post-2019 global calendar is fixed.

Tours to New Zealand and Canada, first and third in the world, could form the basis for a women’s team’s itinerary.

“A Lions women’s team is an important step forward,” said McEwen.

“There is a place for a women’s Lions team, lots of people have been talking about it.

“Whether that’s in the next two or three years, whether that’s in five, 10 years, who knows?”

New Zealand’s women will play world champions England in a curtain-raiser to the Lions’ match against the Maori All Blacks in Rotorua on 17 June.

Source : Internet

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