Longford RFC Club Notes 10/01/2022   10/01/2022

Longford RFC Notes 10/01/2022

by Tommy Butler Longford RFC PRO lrfconnects@gmail.com 

Senior Competitions were due to resume last weekend with Longford Senior Men travelling to Kildare to play Cill Dara and Longford Senior Women playing Portlaoise in the Cup First Round.  However, a decision was taken at Leinster Branch level to postpone all fixtures on the weekend past due to high numbers of players unavailable due to Covid related absences.  At the moment Longford Senior Men’s 1st XV are due to welcome Clondalkin and our Senior Women due to welcome Naas to CPL Park on Sunday.  An update as regards resumption of competitions and a revised fixture list is expected this week.  Stay tuned to our social media for updates.

Men’s Leinster League Fixtures/Results 2021-2022

19/09/2021 Longford 09 Wicklow 14

16/09/2021 Boyne 13 Longford 08

10/10/2021 Longford 17 Cill Dara 15

17/10/2021 Clondalkin 15 Longford 34

31/10/2021 Longford 18 v Carlow 13

28/11/2021 Mullingar 22 v Longford 11

05/12/2021 Wicklow 34 v 25 Longford

12/12/2021 Longford 20 v Boyne 29

Postponed Cill Dara v Longford Silken Thomas Park (1st XV 2.30 2nd XV 1.00)

16/01/2021 Longford v Clondalkin CPL Park (1st XV 2.30)

23/01/2021 Carlow v Longford Oak Park (1st XV 2.30 2nd XV 1.00)

06/02/2022 Tullow v Longford Black Gates (1st XV 3 2nd XV 1.30)

13/02/2022 Longford v Mullingar CPL Park (1st XV 3 2nd XV 1.30)

The Towns Cup will be played at the end of the league.

Women’s Leinster League Fixtures 2021-2022

03/10/2021 Longford v Portlaoise (Conceded by Portlaoise)

24/10/2021 Longford 17 v New Ross 19

31/10/2021 Arklow 19 v Longford 07

14/11/2021 Longford 41 v Greystones 0

28/11/2021 Naas 52 v Longford 15

05/12/2021 Garda/Westmanstown v Longford (Postponed)

12/12/2021 Portlaoise 8 v Longford 5

16/01/2021 Longford v Naas CPL Park

30/01/2021 New Ross v Longford

06/02/2022 Longford v Arklow CPL Park

20/02/2022 Greystones v Longford

13/03/2022 Longford v Garda/Westmanstown CPL Park

Picture from Longford Women's fun night just before Christmas


Rugby Round Up

The only Irish fixture on the weekend past was the feisty interprovincial derby in Thomond Park between Munster and Ulster.  Munster survived an early red card for Simon Zebo, who cannot seem to catch a break since his return to Munster to ground out an 18-13 win.  Tadhg Beirne earned a man of the match performance and was the stand out player playing a large part in pulling Munster back from the brink.  Mike Lowry at full back for Ulster continued his impressive form as did Mike Haley for Munster, who covered impressive ground in making up for having only one winger, due to Zebo’s earlier red card.  A lot of murmurings are currently emanating from Thomond Park over whether departing Coach Johann Van Grann should leave immediately or at the end of the season.  One thing looks certain; the big South African influence at Munster is waning with Damien De Allende and RG Snyman looking certain to depart at the end of the season along with Defence Coach JP Ferreira, who is likely to link up with Van Grann at Bath.  In good news it is rumoured that former All Black Centre Malakai Fekitoa will be making the switch from Wasps to Thomond Park at the end of the season.

Attention now turns to the Champions Cup this weekend.  After having their away fixture versus Montpellier awarded against them due to a Covid outbreak, Leinster need two wins and preferably bonus points to progress to the ¼ finals.  Interestingly, the fixture in Dublin is somewhat up in the air due to a Covid outbreak in the Montpellier camp.  Munster travel to France to play Castres, who are always a tough proposition at home, even if they have always had a lukewarm interest in the Champions Cup.  Connacht welcome high flying Leicester to Galway.  Interestingly, they surrendered their 16 match winning streak in the English Premiership to Wasps on Saturday 16-13.  Ulster make the trip to Northampton where a win would put them in a strong position to progress.

Helen Quinn RIP

The President, Board and members of Longford RFC would like to express their sincere sympathies to the Quinn Family on the recent passing of Helen Quinn. Helen was the loving wife of twice past President and player for the club John Quinn. Helen was highly involved in the club in the past, especially around the period of the building and opening of Longford RFCs original club house.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam

Sam Illo

Current Ireland U20 and Connacht Powerhouse prop Sam Illo revealed in a recent article in Rugby World that it all started for him in mini section of Longford RFC!  We wish Sam all the best in the upcoming U20 Six Nations and his rugby career and look forward to welcoming him back to Longford RFC.  It is never too late to start your rugby career, maybe you will be one lining out for Ireland in the future, like Sam and Liam Harte!  You can read the article at; https://www.rugbyworld.com/in-the-mag/hotshots/hotshot-connacht-prop-sam-illo-134636

Fantasy Six Nations

Longford Senior Men will be running a fund raising Six Nations Fantasy League.  Entry will be only €10 with a cash prize of €200 to be won by the overall winner, a €100 voucher for the Club great Sin Bin restaurant for second place and a €50 prize for third place.  Online entry will be available soon.  Stay tuned to our social media for updates.  We ask all members and friends of the club to support the competition, which should be great fun.

Sin Bin

The Sin Bin is currently closed for holidays and will reopen on Wednesday January 20th,  as per Government Guidelines.  Superb food and drink are available across the weekend (Friday to Sunday) and lunch on Wednesday/Thursday. 

Phone 087 346 4914 for bookings or email sinbinbookings@outlook.com.  Check out the Sin Bins Facebook page for update, specials and updated opening hours;  www.facebook.com/thesinbinlongford/

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