There is a great buzz around Longford RFC in anticipation of the first round of the 2020 Provincial Towns Cup where Longford Senior Men travel to Navan on Sunday March 1st at 3pm.
It is a competition that Longford have had a lot of success in over the last decade, having featured in one Provincial Towns Cup Final, a semi-final last season and three Plate Finals.
In 2013 Longford RFC reached the Provincial Towns Cup Final for the first time since the club was reformed in 1967.
A historic year when Pat Fitzgerald, representing Longford RFC also became the President of the IRFU.
He was the first Junior Club representative ever to hold this office! Maybe 2020 is the year that Longford can go one step further and etch their name on the famous trophy?
Longford Head Coach Glenn Baskett says that the outcome is very much in the hands of his team: “It has been a really disruptive week again with the weather going against us again.”
“We can’t control the weather but all we wanted to do was get the games played in the league, see where we were in the shake up there and move on to the cup comp.”
“But now we haven’t been able to do that. So, we just have to park that now and move on to Navan.
“We are away and that brings its own challenge but this is the first step on this comp so it’s a new opportunity for the group”
We will sit and look at our own game and get that right and make sure we get pour prep right and let Navan worry about us.”
The Provincial Towns Cup is one of the oldest trophies in existence in Irish rugby dating back to 1892.
The Cup originally named the Leinster Junior Challenge Cup was then presented on the inception of the Provincial Towns Cup in 1926.
Longford RFC contested the 88th final v Tullamore and also reached the final in 1932, losing out to Dundalk.
The competition is an open draw format and as such throws up many David v Goliath encounters.
Former President of the Leinster Branch Ben Gormley summed it up well: “The Town’s Cup is the Holy Grail of Junior rugby in the province and it is a competition that grips towns like no other. Its popularity continues to grow year on year.”
Bank of Ireland Provincial Towns Cup First Round
Edenderry RFC v North Kildare RFC
Roscrea RFC v Balbriggan RFC
Mullingar RFC v Boyne RFC
Cill Dara RFC v Wicklow RFC
Arklow RFC v Skerries RFC
Athy RFC v New Ross RFC
Naas RFC v Tullamore RFC
Enniscorthy RFC v Portlaoise RFC
Navan RFC v Longford RFC
Tullow RFC v Newbridge RFC
Wexford Wanderers RFC v Midland Warriors RFC
Co Carlow FC v Clondalkin RFC
Byes: Ashbourne RFC, Dundalk RFC, Kilkenny RFC and Gorey RFC.