Longford Rugby Club Ready For Season Start

Longford senior men begin their 2019/20 season this Saturday when they face Mullingar in CPL Park, Longford writes Tommy Butler.

The senior men have been back training hard for the last two weeks, putting in the hard yards under the watchful eye of Strength and Conditioning Coach Alan Campbell.

Things moved up a gear this week ahead of Longford’s season opener with Mullingar this Sunday August 25th in CPL Park, Longford at 3pm in the Midland League.

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Head Coach Glenn Baskett will be using the Midland League Competition to fine tune preparations for the Leinster League, which kicks off on Sunday September 22nd away to Tullow.

Longford have won the Midland League for the last two years and will be looking to continue that run while at the same time trying new players, combinations and structures.

Senior Men Captains

This year’s Senior Captains are two ever present members of the Senior Men’s Squad.  Benny McManus is Late XV Captain.

This will be Benny’s second appointment as Late XV Captain, he is a popular choice among players and supporters having been consistently one of Longford’s best players over many years and will undoubtedly lead from the front.

Philly Dardis has been an important Senior Men’s Squad Player for a number of years and is also a great club man.

He is another popular appointment who will hopefully help the Early XV build last year’s promise into a run of sustained results.

Senior Men’s Coaches

Glenn Baskett continues as Senior Men’s Head Coach and Niall Moran as Director of Rugby after last season’s second place finish in Leinster League 1B and reaching the Provincial Towns Cup Semi-Final.

Steve Coy is back in the fold as Assistant Coach along with Alan Campbell who is focusing on S&C and the Early XV.

There have also been a number of appointments to strengthen the overall coaching team. Kolo Kiripati joins Longford from North Kildare, where he was Head Coach last year as Forwards/Assistant Coach.

Kolo played for Buccaneers for many years in the AIL and brings a wealth of experience. Also joining is Ciaran Sloyn as assistant coach, where he will be working with the Early XV alongside Alan Campbell.

Karen Lennon continues her role as team manager alongside our great Physio team of Ronie and Dean Masterson. John Bradley will be recording all the matches, which will all have full professional video analysis.

Leinster League

The Leinster League will have a new more condensed schedule this year with the League concluding in February before the start of the Provincial Towns Cup.

The great level of support we received home and away last season was commented on positively across the province and we are requesting even bigger support this year, especially for home games.

We have produced a full senior men’s senior planner for the season which can be downloaded from www.longfordrugby.com.

We have only 10 home matches over the course of 2019/20 season, so please make an extra effort to attend.

Longford Women (Warriors)

Longford Women are back in pre-Season training and now is the perfect time to give rugby a go!

All fitness levels, shapes and sizes are welcome. The Warriors really are an upward curve and got progressively stronger as last season went on.

They are now ready to make an assault on the Division 4 Title and want you to be part. Training takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays at 7.30.

Personal Fitness Trainer, Ryan Francis is running Pre-Season training. Drop in to training for a chat or alternatively give head coach Nuala McGoey a ring on 086-2482005.

First up is a Blitz in Tullamore on September 7th, with the Leinster League scheduled to kick-off on Sunday September 29th.

Longford Mini/Youths

We hope you had a great summer and are raring to get back out on the rugby pitch. Last year was a fantastic season with some quality training, blitz’s, matches, cup runs and trips to the RDS and the Aviva Stadium.

This season has already got off to a great start with a sold out Leinster Rugby Camp last month.

Training

We are finalising coaching details for the upcoming season at the moment. Some groups have already started training! We will update training times and coaches once details are confirmed.

Remember new players are welcome at all levels with no prior experience required.  It could be you lining out for Ireland in a coming World Cup!

Minis U7-U12

Training resumes on Sunday August 25th at 10.30 am in CPL Park.

U14

U14s continue their pre-season fitness training for the next three Thursday from 7-8.Normal training resumes on September 12th from 7-8.30 every Thursday.

U17

U17s resume training this Wednesday August 21st at 7.30 PM.

U18s

The U18s are back training on Thursday nights at 7.30 PM.

Representative Honours

Lots of Longford players have been involved in representative rugby squads over the Summer:

Midlands Squad

Four of our players are with the U16’s Midlands Shane Horgan squad; Eoin Murtagh, Dean Rogan, Gavin Courage and Ronan Smyth. Eoin Murtagh has captained the side.

Both Eoin and Gavin Courage were on the scoresheet when the Midlands played a game recently against East Connacht.

Seamus McKeon (U18) along with Sam Burgess and Kevin McDonagh (both U17) are with the Shane Horgan U18 squad.

The U17 players are part of a Midlands/North Midlands combined U17 squad who are due to play in a round robin festival in Donnybrook on 14th August against Dublin Schools.

Well done to Sam and Kevin who both played for the combined Midlands/North Midlands Team versus Dublin schools.

Leinster

Shane Mallon (U18) is on the Leinster U18 School’s squad. They have been training throughout the summer and Shane started against the Italian national U18 team in Donnybrook last week.

Mallon also travelled with the squad to the UK where they defeated Northampton Saints on Friday in a pre-season friendly, 50-17, bagging a try in the process.

On their return, the squad will be based in UL for the inter-provincial championship where they play against Ulster on 17th August, IQ Rugby on 21st August and Munster on 25th August.

Congratulations lads we look forward to seeing you donning the Black and White this Season!

Club News

Sponsors

CPL continue for another season as the club’s title sponsor, we would like to that Ann Heraty and all at CPL for this continued support.  Also thankyou to all the other Club Sponsors.

Longford RFC Pitch and Putt Classic

Our first annual Pitch & Putt Classic took place in the Acres Ballinalee on Saturday July 27th. A total of 43 teams took part in what was a great tournament.  The winners were:

  1. Acres Pitch&Putt Club
  2. Michael Stephenson’s Team

Colm Glynn won the match tickets to Ireland v Wales on September 8th following a raffle in the Tally Ho in which all players were entered.

Thanks to all our generous sponsors of the event;

McDonalds (Longford), Herterichs Butchers Longford, Donnelly Coaches, Tally Ho Bar, John McCoppin, Spirit Clothing, Farrell & Coy, Patrick Groake, Michael Carrigy,

Auto Smart, Irish Netting Systems, Fresh Today, Camlin Filling Station, Davis Meats, • St. Mel’s Brewery & Supervalu (Longford).

4G All Weather Pitch Rental

Our state of the art floodlight Mel Diffley 4G pitch is available for rental. It contains shock absorption so that players can play contact sports/fall over without hurting themselves. It is also perfect for 5 a side soccer. If you would like to book it phone Damian on 0862757103.