On behalf of the IRFU Ulster Branch, I am delighted to send our best wishes to the players, coaches and volunteers of City of Armagh RFC for the 2019-20 season.
This season promises to be an enthralling one on so many levels, not least with the Rugby World Cup taking place in Japan. I know you join with me in wishing Joe Schmidt and his squad every success for what will be a highly competitive and intriguing tournament.
On the provincial scene, Ulster Rugby has demonstrated significant improvements over the past 12 months and I look forward to seeing continued development under the guidance of Dan McFarland.
Underneath that structure is an evolving player development pathway and I would like to thank all clubs for their contributions to that system by nurtuting talent and working in collaboration with Ulster Rugby’s staff.
The domestic rugby landscape continues to face significant challenges on and off the pitch but there is some excellent work being done to reach new audiences and grow participation levels in clubs and schools. I would like to note to the excellent work being done by the rugby developement department within Ulster Rugby, who continue to look at innovative ways to engage with players and potential players.
I would also like to pay tribute to the many volunteers at City of Armagh RFC for their wonderful efforts in sustaining and growing the club. Volunteers are the lifeblood of every club and it is important that volunteers are recognised and valued.
With a dedicated team of volunteers, it is no coincidence that rugby is thriving at all levels within the club from the 1st XVs down to mini rugby. It has been particularly warming to see the progression of female rugby in Armagh and I look forward to seeing that develop even more.
I hope this season will be another special one for City of Armagh RFC and I wish you every success, on and off the pitch.
President, IRFU (Ulster Branch)