Some of the biggest names in Irish rugby will be in Kilkenny this Friday.
Announced at the end of July, Leinster Rugby are holding three open (public) training sessions as part of preparations for the start of the 2022/23 United Rugby Championship season.
This Thursday and Friday teams will train at Longford RFC, Kilkenny RFC and Athy RFC.
“We have all missed the opportunity over the last few years to get out and about and to just meet people, to meet our supporters. That connection between us, as a team, and the supporters is crucial and we have missed that”, says Leinster head coach Leo Cullen.
“Whether that be visiting our clubs and our schools, or meeting people at games or at open training sessions, there has been a lot of missed opportunities due to Covid. It was important for us as a group and as an organisation to get back to our communities and to see people again and it was also important for us to go to them.”
“They have been brilliant with their support at the RDS and Aviva over the years and in particular as we have started to get back to normality last season. We wanted to repay that with a number of visits during the off-season to their clubs and we are really looking forward to it now. Three great clubs with a huge passion for the game and deeply rooted in their communities and we look forward to seeing as many kids and parents as possible over the two days in CPL Park, in Foulkstown and in the Showgrounds.”
For local fans, the public session in Kilkenny is due to get run from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Foulkstown.