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Local Dublin stars shine at Aviva Mini Rugby Nations Cup

Friday, 18th October, 2019 6:00pm
Local Dublin stars shine at Aviva Mini Rugby Nations Cup

Players from DLS Palmerstown RFC, representing Wales, with Ireland and Ulster rugby player, Jordi Murphy, during the Aviva Mini Rugby Nations Cup.

Local Dublin stars shine at Aviva Mini Rugby Nations Cup

Players from DLS Palmerstown RFC, representing Wales, with Ireland and Ulster rugby player, Jordi Murphy, during the Aviva Mini Rugby Nations Cup.

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OVER 400 children from counties across the country got to play on the hallowed turf at Aviva Stadium recently

Aviva, a supporter of Irish Rugby, celebrated Ireland’s campaign in Japan by hosting hundreds of children from all four provinces at the 2019 Aviva Mini Rugby Nations Cup.

Irish rugby star Jordi Murphy was on hand to kick off proceedings as some of the stars of the future were treated to a festival of rugby and given the opportunity to shine at the home of the sport.

Just after Ireland’s winning tournament opener against Scotland, 20 boys’ U10 and girls’ U12 teams from counties nationwide imitated their heroes as each team was twinned with a country competing in Japan, each ensuring plenty of colour was on display.

Local clubs included De La Salle, Palmerstown who were twinned with Skerries RFC as Wales and Japan.

Aviva provided 400 children with the opportunity to fulfil dreams and play on the hallowed turf of Aviva stadium to showcase their #SafeToDream campaign.

The Minis season will continue over the coming weeks with the 2019 Aviva Mini Rugby Provincial Festivals set to take place throughout the country.

Giving both girls’ U12s and boys’ U10s teams the chance to develop as players at grassroots level, the festivals provide a safe and fun environment.

Four provincial locations have been hosting festivals with the Leinster Provincial Festival taking palce in DLS Palmerston, Dublin

 Jordi Murphy, Irish rugby player said it was great to be at the Aviva Mini Rugby Nations Cup.

“Seeing the talent and enthusiasm on display is brilliant and shows that the future of Irish rugby is in safe hands,” he said. “I have very happy memories playing with my friends from a young age and would have loved an opportunity like this!

“You never forget your first time running out on to the pitch here in Aviva Stadium, so I think giving these children a chance to play here is a dream come true for a lot of them.”

Speaking at the tournament, Lisa Bergin, Sponsorship Manager, Aviva Ireland, added: “Today is a really special day for us at Aviva as we celebrate and reward the future stars of Irish Rugby here at Aviva Stadium.

“The colour, noise, and passion shown by each team was brilliant to see and we’re delighted to host children from all corners of the country at the Mini Rugby Nations Cup.

“The good news is that the Minis season continues, and we will be in Limerick, Down, Dublin and Galway next month for the 2019 Aviva Mini Rugby Provincial Festivals.”

To find out more about the Aviva Mini Rugby Nations Cup or the Aviva Mini Rugby Provincial Festivals visit: www.aviva.ie/safetodream and follow #SafeToDream

Action from  the Aviva Mini Rugby Nations Cup at the Southside stadium.

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