Strategy to promote women’s game

Connacht Rugby has launched its strategy for the development of the women’s game in the province.

“Women of the West” sets out targets to increase participation throughout the province and develop the pathway for players from underage to senior rugby.

The strategy is aligned with the IRFU Women in Rugby Action Plan and is based on integration with all departments of Connacht Rugby.

Women’s rugby in the province has enjoyed significant developments over the past year - the emergence of Ballinasloe’s Beibhinn Parsons who the youngest player capped for Ireland at age 16.

Off the field Anne Heneghan now holds the position of senior vice president of the Connacht Branch of the IRFU, and has recently been accepted as a judicial officer with World Rugby.

Connacht Rugby also recently announced the appointment of a second women’s development officer, with Emer O’Dowd taking up working in conjunction with current WDO Wendy Hickey.

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