Shrewsbury School

Rugby Tour to Ireland

Tuesday 25 February 2014

Twenty senior rugby players and coaches Duncan Kirkby, Marcus Johnson and Shaun Perry travelled to Limerick at the start of half-term to play two fixtures over three days against strong Irish opposition.

Senior Rugby Tour to Ireland, February 2014

The Munster region in south-west Ireland is known for being particularly wet at the best of times, and sadly Sunday's first match against Ennis RFC had to be cancelled due to the awful conditions.  Two useful training sessions followed on the excellent 3G synthetic surface at the University of Limerick and at Glenstal Abbey School.

Given wet pitches at home, the squad was desperate to play its first competitive rugby for over three weeks and when the opportunity came, they performed very well indeed, beating a North Munster Academy side by 31 - 0 on the now familiar and reliable 3G pitch, with top international referee John Lacey officiating.  Try scorers were Tom Barthen (2), Ed Harrison, Sam Mitchell and Ollie Brown, who was Man of the Match, with three conversions from Roan Kirkby.

Despite a lack of fixtures because of poor weather, some momentum has now been built by the tour, to carry forward into the second half of this term.


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