Shannon RFC: Womens Community Series Club Profiles
Shannon RFC Club Overview 🏉
Shannon RFC was established in 1884 is the most successful AIL club in history with 9 AIL titles. The clubs first Women’s team was formed 28 years ago and has gone from strength to strength with currently over 100 female playing members in the club from Under 14’s age grade up.
The last 28 years have seen many interprovincial and Irish women representatives, with the first training session back in the 90s seeing over 20 players involved. Shannon’s first two players earned international caps in 1998 and captured their first All-Ireland League Division 1 title in 2001. The club’s commitment to Women’s rugby has built on the ambition and talent of the players with recent success as All-Ireland Plate winners in 2009 and Munster League Division 1 champions in 2018/19 season.
Shannon holds in its history some of the most well-known women in Irish Rugby including Fiona Steed, Rosie Foley, Rosemary Browne, Joy Neville and current international Aoife Doyle.
Underage rugby is the heartbeat of any club and Shannon places huge importance on introducing underage girls to rugby and developing skilled and ambitious women’s rugby players with girls participating from U6’s up to add to Munster’s largest underage rugby set up. The underage strength translates to girls’ teams competing at three underage grades and annually introducing a huge number of girls to rugby through the immensely popular and successful Give It A Try. In 2017, Shannon RFC made history by establishing the first girls U20 team and played fixtures against local Collegiate teams, members of that team are now playing with the senior XV along with 2 players who have made the move to senior rugby from the U18s team this season.
This 2020/21 sees Shannon RFC partnering with LIT to become Shannon/LIT. The strategic merger provides enhanced facilities and player base to the club while also promoting women’s in rugby in one of the most prestigious 3rd level institutions in the country with campuses across Munster. The club will continue to innovate and collaborate to increase women’s engagement with rugby and develop players of all ages.