Virginia University Women’s Rugby, a powerhouse of USA Rugby have just returned from their rugby tour to Ireland. The tour, which Head Coach Nancy Kechner described as having “surpassed their expectations”, was organized by Ireland’s most experienced rugby tours specialists, Irish Rugby Tours.
On their nine day tour of Ireland, the 28 strong squad played two matches. A tough contest in Dublin against Suttonians was followed by a game in Galway against the mighty Irish province Connacht. The games proved invaluable in terms of experience and offered the team priceless insight into how the best women’s rugby teams and players in the British Isles approach the game.
As well as game time against top opposition, the team were given three training sessions with former Irish rugby internationals and coaches.
The squad were also treated to a visit of the home of Irish rugby, The Aviva Stadium, and witnessed a stunning Six-Nations international victory by Ireland over France.
Other features of the tour included a visit to Oscar Wilde’s Alma Mater, Trinity College Dublin, host of the world-famous Book of Kells. After a great night out in Galway, the City of the Tribes, the team drove The Wild Atlantic Way through the lunar like landscapes of a UNESCO World Heritage site, The Burren, before reaching the spectacular Cliffs of Moher.
“We had the most incredible experience on our tour. Great competition, great outings, and great value all around. Irish Rugby Tours did an incredible job. In particular, our guide, Michelle, and driver, Ian, went out of their way to make the trip for us.”
Nancy Kechner, Head Coach Virginia University WRFC , 2019
About Irish Rugby Tours
Irish Rugby Tours has been organising Irish and international rugby tour groups for over sixteen years. The company is run by people who have decades of experience playing, coaching and managing the game.
It has a network of trusted contacts across Ireland, the UK, continental Europe, the United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
It has a strong connection with USA Women’s Rugby From its involvement with the US team in the Women’s World Cup to high school girls on their first trip abroad, the company has a keen understanding of the needs of teams, players and coaches.
The company chairman was one of the men’s Eagles coaches at the 1987 Rugby World Cup and the first coach to the Ireland women’s team.