Connacht Rugby | Connacht Rugby Announce Women’s U18’s and Senior Women’s Coaching Management Team


With a development within the variety of ladies taking part in rugby in Connacht, we’re delighted to announce the Connacht Rugby’s Ladies’s U18’s and Ladies’s Senior Coaches.

Ross Mannion has been appointed Head Coach of the Connacht Rugby Senior Ladies’s Staff, sponsored by Genesys, accompanied by Lyndon Jones as Backs Coach.

Ross was Head Coach of the AIL 2C profitable Sligo crew, he has labored with Connacht Rugby as a Membership and Group Rugby Officer for 10 years and in his present place as Rugby Participation Officer for two years.

“I’m delighted with the chance to tackle this place, I`ve labored with a few of the present gamers a few years in the past when a few of them have been beginning out on their pathway and have gotten to know some extra by way of varied packages they`ve delivered on these previous two years.

The principle issues which have stood out for me, from these interactions, are their dedication to rugby, be that for membership, province or nation, and the urge for food to study and higher themselves as gamers. Two improbable traits to have in life by no means thoughts in a sporting context, so that basically intrigued me as to what the potential is with within the present U18, Rising Expertise and Senior squads.

I hope myself together with all of the coaches concerned may help all these gamers attain their potential and fulfil their rugby ambitions or objectives.”

Fraser Gow returns as Head Coach of the Connacht Rugby U18’s Staff, sponsored by GMIT, alongside Luke O’Donnell as Backs Coach. Fraser expressed his pleasure of returning to coaching and getting again to regular, “In the beginning we’re actually excited a few return to coaching, being able to get again out on a pitch and un-pause the plans we’ve in place.”

“It’s improbable to see examples of gamers which were developed by our golf equipment, progressed by way of the Connacht pathways and are actually taking part in on the highest stage. That’s one thing we should always all be extraordinarily pleased with however equally motivates us to assist the event of the following crop of gifted gamers on the market.”

As Connacht Rugby proceed their partnership with Galway-based sports activities know-how companies firm Clubforce, their Rising Expertise Programme helps bridge the hole between underage and senior stage ladies’s rugby in Connacht.

Clubforce Rising Expertise Head Coach, Emer O’Dowd, is joined by Mary Healy, who has been appointed, Backs, Expertise and Assault’s Coach.

Mary Healy provides that regardless of restrictions, Connacht Rugby purpose for this yr’s programme to be essentially the most complete but.

“Yearly we’ve all the time tried to enhance and push what we are able to do in the summertime programme. Regardless of restrictions, we purpose for this to be essentially the most complete but.”

“I’m delighted to be concerned with the Clubforce Rising Expertise Squad, I’m wanting ahead to serving to bridge that hole between underage & senior, holding ladies within the sport, rising and creating their abilities and information to allow them to take that step as much as senior stage. My objective and Clubforce’s objective in the end is to develop participation, this partnership offers us the chance to bridge that hole, hold ladies within the sport and develop and develop them as rugby gamers.”

Talking on the appointed teaching crew this yr, Joe Gorham Head of Home Rugby at Connacht Rugby mentioned:

“Completely delighted with the appointment of Ross Mannion as Head Coach of the Connacht Ladies’s Staff. Ross, a valued member of the Membership & Group crew, has a powerful teaching CV constructed up up to now few seasons and I sit up for seeing him (and his teaching crew) bringing the Senior squad to a different stage.

I’m additionally delighted on the re-appointment of Fraser Gow and his Teaching Staff to the Connacht Underneath 18 Ladies squad. Underneath his management, we’ve made super progress at this stage and it’s refreshing to see so many younger gifted ladies coming by way of to the Connacht aspect from the 4 corners of the 5 counties!

It’s fabulous to see that the Clubforce Rising Expertise Programme is able to rise up and operating once more beneath the secure fingers of Emer O’Dowd and Mary Healy. This sector is significant to the Participant Pathway programme for the Ladies’s Sport and big thanks should go to our valued companions Clubforce for supporting the Expertise Programme.

Lastly particular because of our Volunteer Managers of the three squads Natalie Fox & Mark (Barney) Moran. With out their assist and help, and certainly their ardour for Connacht Rugby usually, we might not have made the large strides that we’ve made up to now few seasons. Volunteers are the spine of all the pieces we do in Membership & Group. Thanks to each membership & college volunteer, we actually respect all you do for us.”


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