Sophia Murdock and Sophie Woulfe who who been selected to play for the Leinster Sevens U18 side
There was a great buzz around Dundalk RFC and the Mill Road with the news that two of their players had been called up to play interprovincial rugby.
Sophia Murdock and Sophie Woulfe, who both play with the club’s U18 side have been selected for the Leinster Sevens U18 side.
Both girls have been playing rugby at the Mill Road since getting involved with the Minis. Sophia has a strong family connection to the club with her older brothers David and Charlie as well as her cousins Jonathon, Robert, Derek and Andrew Williams all lining out in the Dundalk RFC jersey.
The duo are fine athletes who have also played Gaelic football together on successful youths teams with the Geraldines GFC, showing that they are not one trick ponies and can excel at any sport they put their mind too.
“This is a huge achievement for the Dundalk Rugby Girls and their selection is testament to their commitment and work ethic” stated club spokesperson Mary Murdock.
“They have been superb ambassadors of the girls game and excellent role models for the next generation of players following them within the club structure.
“This is a marvellous achievement for them. We congratulate the girls, their proud parents, and their families and schools whose unstinting support and investment in their rugby journeys has been phenomenal.”
It is not the young players first call up to a provincial squad, having both developed their games and polished their skills further by training with the Leinster North East coaches over the past two seasons.
Dundalk RFC wanted to note the impact those coaches and those at Dundalk Grammar School and St Vincents’s Secondary School had on their rugby journey.
Murdock also was looking forward to seeing how the duo progress, stating their latest accolades showcases the work the club has put in place to get the structures of the ladies game to be on par with the male side of Dundalk RFC.
“It is a testament to the clubs investment in girls rugby and to their coaches and is evidence that the pathways which exist from Minis Rugby through to the youths structures for girls, that they have parity with the boys game" explained Murdock.
“Sophia and Sophie’s Leinster Sevens selection is a source of immense pride for the club and we will watch their stars shine as they embark on their Leinster journey in the blue jersey.”
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