Referee of the Year Joy Neville will be among women’s rugby stars attending Carrick-on-Suir RFC’s Girls Rugby Day 

Aileen Hahesy

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Aileen Hahesy

Referee of the Year Joy Neville will be among women’s rugby stars attending Carrick-on-Suir RFC’s Girls Rugby Day 

Rugby Referee of the Year Joy Neville and five current and past Munster and Senior international women's rugby stars will be encouraging more than 150 primary school girls to try out their sport at Carrick-on-Suir RFC next Monday morning. 

Neville, who is also a former international player, along with Irish and Munster team stars Alison Miller, Fiona Reidy, Leah Lyons and former internationals Fiona Coughlan and Nora Stapleton will be the special guests at the Club's International Girls Rugby Day. 

Carrick-on-Suir's own  Munster and international U-18 stars Annie Laffan, Caoimhe Wall and Maggie Boylan will also attend the event. 

Carrick RFC's Women's Officer Kathleen Fleming estimated more than 150 girls from primary schools in Carrick-on-Suir and its hinterland will visit the club to give rugby a try at the skills session, demonstations and games the visiting rugby celebrities will run. 

She said the event will kick off with the students meeting and greeting the visiting Internationals at 10.40am followed by a parade of the participating schools, each representing a different country. 

A prize will be awarded to the most imaginative, colourful and enthusiastic  parade entry. 

The morning of rugby skills sessions and games will then commence. 

Ms Fleming said Carrick-on-Suir RFC was the first club to host such an event. 

"This will be a historic and an exciting day for the Club, where girls can experience rugby and the joy it can bring to their lives," she told The Nationalist. 

 The Club is also running its weekly "Give it a Try" summer rugby camp for girls on Wednesdays from 7pm to 8.30pm until July 25.