St Paddys day in Dublin

I am back in Ireland this weekend with 42 players and three other coaches from the Dartmouth rugby teams.

It is going to be a great learning experience for all of us and I include myself in that as head coach.

We will be playing two games against Trinity College from Dublin and it will be interesting to see how well we perform.

This will be the seventh time that we will have played them and Dartmouth see an overseas tour as a crucial part in the development of its rugby program.

Luckily for me, this year's tour happens to be in Ireland.

Not only does it test their skills but the trip is a great learning experience for everyone on it.

It also means we get some good rugby in during a time when the pitches at home in north-eastern America are either frozen or covered in snow - or both.


Dartmouth pitches are often unusable between mid November and mid March.

From mid-November to mid-March, it’s usually pretty hard to do anything on our own pitches.

We will be in Ireland for St Patrick’s Day which should be awesome too and, after playing and sight-seeing in Dublin, we will be going to Galway for the guys to see what that part of the world has to offer.

We will definitely be wanting to win the games we play. But, win or lose, it will be another step in the development of the team and, hopefully, increase the guys’ love of the game we play and all of its camaraderie and spirit.

Personally, I am really looking forward to seeing friends and family back in my home country.

I went back last September for a wedding but it was only a fleeting visit.

This time, I will get a bit longer to see my parents, who live in Dublin - and my sister, who I am hoping to catch up with when we head out to Galway.

We will all be watching the Six Nations games too while in Dublin and that should be a cracking experience for the Dartmouth squad. I am sure there will be a seriously good atmosphere around the city.

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