Philadelphia Women's RFC Takes Part of Irish Rugby Tour

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The Philadelphia Women's RFC started their pre-season training in August with a trip to Ireland to play, watch, and learn more about what makes rugby such a great sport. They made this trip possible by working with Irish Rugby Tours.

Bringing a New Style of Rugby to Philadelphia

Traveling overseas creates chances to play rugby. It is an enlightening experience for any rugger who is looking to improve their skill set. Although the Philadelphia Women's RFC played the same sport on an Ireland pitch as they would on an United State pitch, there is much that can be learned from playing new teams from new areas.

During their tour, the club faced Rathdrum from County Wiclow and Carrickfergus from Northern Ireland. Besides these matches, they also were able to partake in two training sessions from international coaches. Captain Kate Hallinan said, "This was Philly's first official international tour, and it was equal part pre-season, WRWC spectating and team bonding."

Philadelphia Women's RFC Takes Advantage of What Ireland Has to Offer

Besides having the ability to partake in rugby in an new environment, the team also made sure to see the sights.

Like any other rugby team would do, they spent some time in the Guinness Storehouse where they learned about the brewery and even learned how to pur the perfect Guinness pint. The squad also made it a point to see some of Ireland's natural beauty at the Cliffs of Moher and Giants Causeway where a marriage proposal took place between two of their players. City sight seeing was a must, where they visited Dublin, Galway, and Belfast. 

Belfast was also the location of the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup where the Philadelphia Women's RFC were able to watch USA Rugby Eagles take on New Zealand. Despite the USA losing, the experience of being at the match was an unforgettable one. The team had the opportunity to meet All Black's Portia Woodman. While they were cheering on the Eagles, they were also happy to be cheering on NOVA's Sara Parson, Abby Gustaitis, and Sam Pankey. These women played for the USA Eagles at the WRWC and have also competed against the Philadelphia Women's RFC.

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