2017/18 Season

London Irish U13 DPP Trials


Dear Managers / Coaches,


Please see the information below regarding the Trial for the London Irish U13 DPP programme for the 2017/18 season. 


The forthcoming trial is for the London Irish Developing Player Programme, known as the London Irish Bronze Academy. The programme is intended to compliment a player’s current rugby provision, be that through club or school, and give access to high quality core skills development sessions run by London Irish Academy coaches. Following the guidelines of the recent Age Group Review the Academy-delivered DPP is the only selective system beyond club and school at Under 13 and 14 level. 


We are looking for you to nominate your two/three best players and one player who may not stand out yet, but has a huge amount of potential for one reason or another. Please remember that not all Schools or Clubs will have players of this standard. The more players at the trial, the harder it is for the selectors.  


The more accurate you are with your nominations, the more accurate we can be with our talent identification. 


Please see the link below allowing your nominated players to register for the London Irish U13 DPP Trial. Forward this e mail to the player/players you would like to nominate and they can register their details using the link below. You will receive confirmation of the trial one week before the event once the link expires, so please do not panic if you do not hear back until we have collated all nominations. 


Players attending the trials must qualify for our academy in one of the three following ways:


Attend a school in Berkshire, Hampshire or Middlesex.

Play club rugby in Berkshire, Hampshire or Middlesex.

Live in Berkshire, Hampshire or Middlesex.


Clubs note, if a player is being nominated by their School, please do not also nominate them. 



Trial information


  • Date: Thursday 15th February 2018
  • Venue: HMS Temeraire Burnaby Rd, Portsmouth PO1 2HB
  • Time: 10.00am – 10.20am registration 
  • Start: 10.30am Finish: 12.00pm

The rugby session will consist of a variety of skills stations and conditioned games. 


Players will be able to select their preferred training venue on the trial registration link. If successful the option of training venues are below.

Monday evening: Maidenhead RFC, Berkshire

Tuesday evening: London Irish, Hazelwood

Wednesday evening: Harrow School, Middlesex

Thursday evening: Applemore College, Hampshire


Kind regards

Patrick O'Grady| Academy Manager


Mob: 07921187965

Add: London Irish Rugby Football Club, Hazelwood, 

Hazelwood Drive, 

Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex,

TW16 6QU

Web: www.london-irish.com Twitter: @AcademyIrish

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