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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Wicklow relishing final push for glory

The Wicklow U15 rugby squad will play in the much-anticipated Leinster League Final on Saturday, 27th March at 12 noon against Navan in the NUI Maynooth.

Reaching the final is the culmination of an entire season's effort starting with pre-season training in early August and working their way through the South-East League and Leinster League, losing just one competitive match from almost 20 outings between August and mid-March.

Wicklow qualified to play in the Leinster League competition as one of the two South-East representatives by topping their South-East League group before Christmas. They beat Arklow in the qualifying semi-final and toppled Wexford in the seeding final to gain top spot. They then worked their way through the Leinster competition to be pitched against Navan, who are the North-East champions.

The squad of almost 30 players is made up of a blend of experienced youngsters who have come through the mini section, and new players who have joined the ranks more recently.

Part of the reason for success to-date has been the fact that the club have been able to field an U14 side which runs in tandem with the U15s, resulting in almost 60 players getting regular rugby in the overall age group.

It is a huge honour for these players to represent their club, town and the overall South-East region in this final and it is hoped that as many people as possible will travel to support the team.

It is hoped to run a number of buses on the day and anyone interested in travelling by bus should contact Richard Henderson or Patrick O'Callaghan to reserve a place.

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