Tal­ented Rebecca rises to every chal­lenge

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mas­sive surge in play­ers tak­ing part. It is thriv­ing in Cork, which de­lights Rebecca.

“Ire­land host­ing the Ladies World Cup was a big boost and en­cour­age­ment in help­ing in­crease the num­bers of peo­ple play­ing.

“Cork have de­vel­oped a lot of good play­ers in re­cent years which also helps.

“Enya Breen is the golden girl of rugby in West Cork. She is a fan­tas­tic player and a great coach, we’ve all learned from her.

“Ladies rugby is get­ting stronger in Cork and West Cork. It is great to have bril­liant play­ers like Laura Guest coach­ing and shar­ing their ex­per­tise with the next gen­er­a­tion.

“I think when club fa­cil­i­ties for women’s rugby im­prove fur­ther, the num­bers will also rise dra­mat­i­cally. Sk­ib­bereen, Bantry and Ban­don RFC have es­tab­lished teams who are do­ing great.

“This is great to see and I think more clubs should fa­cil­i­tate girls and women’s teams go­ing for­ward.”

The tal­ented rugby player has very spe­cific goals she homes to achieve in the fore­see­able fu­ture.

“My short term aim is to work hard dur­ing the sum­mer to main­tain our ti­tle for In­ter­provin­cial win­ners.

“My long term aims are to work through the ranks and play for Ire­land.

“I would also like to in­spire more girls to play rugby.”

Mun­ster U18 player Rebecca Hayes in ac­tion dur­ing the re­cent In­ter­provin­cial cam­paign. Rebecca, who is a na­tive of Ross­car­bery, plays her club rugby with Bantry Bay RFC.

Rebecca Hayes op­er­ates in the back row in the No 8 po­si­tion, and has paid tribute to the work her coaches have done with her in her short but blos­som­ing ca­reer.

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