Double Delight as two Arklow Rugby Club players set to line out for the MARIS International Squad

Not one but two players from Arklow Rugby Club’s Red Kites team have been selected to play at this years MARIS. Killian Byrne and Paul Roche will stand shoulder to shoulder with team mates from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Argentina and England as they face off against the best of the best in what is set to be an incredible exhibition match.
Saturday, 4th March, 3.30pm
Musgrave Park, Cork
Two Arklow Red Kites selected for MARIS
The 4th May fixture sees the first International Mixed Ability Rugby Invitational team take on 2022 MAR World Cup Winners, Sunday’s Well at their home ground in Cork, Musgrave Park.
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Taking to social media to express their delight, Club representatives said “Considering the Red Kites team is our club’s most recent team this is a massive achievement not only for Killian & Paul but for their teammates, coaches and supporters. We are hoping for a large crowd of supporters to get behind the team and lads for the trip to Cork which is shaping up to be a great weekend. Arklow Rugby Football Club are hugely proud of you all.
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Paul Roche announced as MARIS player 2024
Paul Roche announced as MARIS player 2024
The MARIS (Ma-rees) or Mixed Ability Rugby Invitational Series (for those not in rugby circles), were Established in 2021. Created with the idea of bringing Players and Coaches together from around the world to play exhibition matches whilst making history, the MARIS have proved so successful that players are only permitted to partake in one tour in a lifetime.
Teams are made up of players of mixed abilities with one of the few differences in play is that scrums are uncontested.
“When EVERYONE…. is included, we can achieve GREAT things!”
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Killian Byrne announced as MARIS player 2024
Killian Byrne announced as MARIS player 2024
In keeping with their ethos of inclusivity, the MARIS inaugural Women’s team lined out last year with the announcement coming on International Women’s Day that this would now be an annual event on fixture calendars.
To find out more about Mixed Ability Rugby and to see some fabulous footage of the 2022 World Cup, check out the IRFU site here
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