Fu­ture is bright for rugby in Rath­drum

For­mer Ir­ish star is spe­cial guest at awards

Bray People - - SPORT - BRIAN O’DONOGHUE Sports Re­porter

IT WAS all smiles and cel­e­bra­tions in Rath­drum last weekend at the un­der­age awards night which drew a very de­cent crowd and was at­tended by spe­cial guest, for­mer Le­in­ster and Ire­land rugby in­ter­na­tional and Aughrim na­tive, Shane Byrne.

The night it­self was close to Byrne's heart with the rugby set­ups in Aughrim and Rath­drum com­bin­ing forces in re­cent years.

One of the chief or­gan­is­ers on the night was Ei­fion Wil­liams, orig­i­nally from Wales but now fully im­mersed in the rugby club in Rath­drum.

He says Shane was a very pop­u­lar fig­ure on the night.

“Shane is such a nice fel­low, a real gen­tle­man and he posed for pho­tos with all the kids and spoke to them all and at the end then they all jumped on him,” laughed Ei­fion.

Evian says the club is thriv­ing at the mo­ment at all lev­els and says the coach­ing num­bers in the club are ex­cel­lent and of a very high stan­dard.

“We're do­ing pretty well, we've a lot of coaches do­ing ex­cel­lent work and it's pay­ing off, I would ap­peal for more play­ers though, we can never have enough play­ers,” said Ei­fion

The club is go­ing to run train­ing camps this sum­mer and Ei­fion says they will be slightly dif­fer­ent than just rugby camps.

“Well we re­alised that par­ents are un­der a lot of pres­sure with their kids play­ing so many sports, in the sum­mer it can be one camp af­ter the next, but ours will hope­fully com­bine a lot of dif­fer­ent sports, they won't be train­ing camps for rugby as such, but more fun and in­clu­sive,” said the un­der­age men­tor.

Any­body in­ter­ested in get­ting in touch with Evian or the club in Rath­drum can con­tact him on 086 380 3561.

The se­nior club will hold their own awards night this Satur­day in the club­house with din­ner at 8pm and the awards af­ter­wards.

For­mer Ir­ish In­ter­na­tional, Shane Byrne, was spe­cial guest at Rath­drum Rugby Club to present medals and meet the ju­ve­nile mem­bers of the club.

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