01 - Leinster star James Lowe with one of the young Boyne RFC players
02 - Paying attention during the Q&A
03 - Leinster star James Lowe.
04 - Leinster flanker Will Connors
05 - Will Connors towering above the Boyne mini players.
06 - Hey big guy, give us the ball.
07 - the Q&A session.
08 - the Q&A
Memories that will last a lifetime were made yesterday for the young boys and girls of Boyne Rugby Club when two of the stars of Leinster Rugby visited the Shamrock Lodge grounds on the Ballymakenny Road.
“The Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby Summer Camps provide boys and girls – aged 6-12 years – with a fun-filled week of rugby during the summer holidays. The camps are focused on maximising enjoyment and learning to play the Leinster Way.” So it says on their web site at least.
“A strong emphasis is placed on the capacities of the players and the rugby-specific coaching is tailored to each individual group and conducted in an appropriate safe manner with the aim to….” Blah blah, you get the message.
More important to the 100 or more young players present was the fact that they got to meet two of their Leinster idols, James Lowe and Will Connors and, even better, they came bearing gifts in the shape of rugby balls, caps, kit bags and shirts.
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Lowe and Connors were absolutely brilliant with the youngsters who ranged in age from six to about twelve. After a Q&A session the pair signed autographs and smiled for photos for absolutely everyone present, including a few rugger grandads.
Autographs were put on jerseys, boots, shorts, hands and one lad even asked for an autograph on his gum shield! As important as the autographs and the goodie bags was the friendly manner the two Leinster stars had with the children. They really were great ambassadors for the sport.
It was good to see a lot of young girl players in attendance and, it has to be said, they ran rings around the boys in the coaching sessions with their new friends “Jim and Will”.
Well done to all for arranging a memorable event, the enthusiasm that was shown by these young payers of the future was infectious. In years to come they will hopefully be bringing their kids and grandkids to events like this and telling the story of the day they played with Jim and Will.
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