STEUBENVILLE - The Franciscan Rugby Team is excited to announce a Tour of Ireland this spring break. This will be the program's third tour of Ireland with the last trip back in 2011. As with the last tour, the team is working with George Hook, from Irish Rugby Tours.
"We will train with some of the best coaches in Ireland, play matches against Irish squads, and experience Irish culture," said head coach Dan Kramer. "This is an incredible opportunity for our team, both players, and coaches. I believe it is coming at an ideal time as well. The team is really coming together with a singular focus and we are playing good rugby, but we definitely have room for improvement. The matches in Ireland will be a lot of fun, but I am most excited for our training sessions. There are countless nuggets of knowledge that we can pick up from coaches who have been around the game their entire lives."
The last trip to Ireland ended up being a catalyst for Baron Rugby. The team returned for the Fall 2011 season, went undefeated, and earned a #1 national ranking. The team went on the following spring to place third in the National Championship.
In addition to training sessions and matches, the tour will be highlighted by daily Mass, tours of Dublin, Galway, the Cliffs of Moher, hiking Croagh Patrick, and a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Knock. The tour will wrap up with St. Patrick's Day in Galway where the team will watch Ireland take on England in Six Nations Rugby.
Currently, the team is working hard to fundraise for the tour. If you are interested in helping the team, please go to https://giving.franciscan.edu/athletics. Please be sure to select "Rugby" from the drop-down menu to direct your gift.
"We are tremendously grateful for our alumni, parents, friends, and family who have generously supported us over the years," said Coach Kramer. "We could not have the program we have or make a trip like this without the support of so many people."