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What the Professionals Say


Luke Fitzgerald - Ireland and Leinster
“My many trips to Rugby and French contained wonderful memories; surfing, sailing, French classes, good food and great fun, but best of all was the rugby and coaching. Every day was full and the setting was brilliant. On perfect pitches in glorious sunshine and we were given the freedom to play and the help and encouragement to play a certain way. An invaluable experience.”

J.J. Hanrahan - Munster and Ireland. Nominated for World Under 20 Player of the Year
“I was sent out to the Rugby and French Programme by the IRFU through the Munster Branch along with Johnny Holland who has also just signed a contract with Munster for next season. The trip was brilliant. It opened my eyes to the standard of player out there and what was required to compete with them. The coaching was great and I still remember stuff I learned today. The activities and general craic was great. It really whetted my appetite and gave me the belief and the desire to crack on and have a go at being a professional player.”

Alex Corbisero - Northampton and England (2006 & 2007), Man of the Match in the Lions Third Test
“I enrolled in the French Rugby and language program when I was 15. I was eager to gain quality coaching and practice over the summer as I had aspirations of progressing my rugby career. I was playing 5 nights a week during the school year for my club (Cobham), my school (American Community School), County (Surrey) and the London Welsh academy. I needed to keep it up over the summer and I was studying French at School, so I decided to give it a go. The facilities were excellent near Biarritz. The level of Rugby was to an extremely high standard. We played the France national age-group side, which was certainly a highlight. Weather was superb. The coaches were excellent and all experienced professionals. My team mates were mostly Irish and great fun. I did improve my French quite a bit. I was appointed chief translator. Every day I would walk into the town and order steak Hache for the gang. It was a great way keep in shape, learn the game and improve my French. I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

Ian Keatley - Munster, Ireland Out Half
“I attended the Rugby and French programme and thought it was brilliant. It really helped develop my love of rugby and improved my skills. I also thought it was great for my French as well as being great craic. I made lots of new friends and still stay in touch with them today. I would strongly recommend the course for any ambitious young player.”

David O’Callaghan - Munster and Ireland
“The focus on skills was what most impressed me about the camp, with an emphasis on free flowing rugby. By the end I felt I was a better player tactically and technically. This comes down to the expert coaching and fitness work all done in enjoyable atmosphere. The opportunity to play high standard opposition was for most a once in a lifetime experience. I would recommend the camp to anyone looking to enjoy themselves and learn a bit of French but who is also serious about their rugby.”

Kevin Potts - I.R.F.U.
“We are delighted with our partnership with rugby and French, it has provided an excellent opportunity to help develop young rugby players of all abilities in an enjoyable environment”

Alan Rogan - International Referee, Housemaster and teacher, Blackrock College
“Just what boys of this age need; excellent coaching, very strong leadership, discipline, French classes and constant positive challenges and competition. The set-up is safe, the food is great and the results are consistently excellent.”

Other Professional Players who have attended the Camp

Leinster Rugby - Sam Coughlan Murray, James Tracy, Ben Marshall, Luke McGrath, Darragh Fanning
Munster Rugby - Mike Sherry, Luke O'Dea, Ivan Dineen, Barry O'Mahony
Connaught Rugby - Eoin Griffin, Aaron Conneally, Craig Ronaldson, Paul O'Donoghue, David Moore
Leicester Tigers - Michael Noone
London Irish - John Quill
Stade Francais - Peter Lydon
Gary Foley - Ireland under 19

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