The Ireland Police Rugby Team will play the French Police in the RDS on Friday 8th March. This will be only the second time these two teams will have met. The Irish police team were the victors in the first match in Paris last year, winning by 16-12.
The Ireland Police Rugby Team is made up of serving police officers from An Garda Síochána and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). The match will take place on the eve of the Irish international rugby teams clash against France in the Six Nations.
On a weekend that will see the French descend upon Dublin, the Ireland Police Rugby Team is hoping for a victory that will kick start a weekend of Irish wins.
Damien Broughal, Captain of the Ireland Police Rugby Team said, “Rugby has been a great force for bringing people together and encouraging respect among communities and this is particularly true in Ireland thanks to the international team. We have been playing together for some time now and we are really looking forward to the match against France. Like their professional counterparts, they are strong, skillful and determined but we feel we have a team with the experience and talent to beat them again, particularly at home.”
The Ireland Police Rugby Team is ten years old this year, having played their first game against the British police force in March 2003. It was re-launched under a new unifying logo last year, which reflects the coming together of the two police forces and the close relationships they have built up.
Stanley Security Solutions is the new sponsor of the Ireland Police Rugby Team and Willie Tighe, Managing Director, Stanley Security Solutions said, “The Ireland Police Rugby Team forges positive and close connections between the PSNI and An Garda Síochána. As a security solutions provider, building strong relationships with both of these organisations is vital to what we do, ensuring the security of our customer’s, their employees and premises.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to become a sponsor of the team and we wish them the very best of luck on 8th March. We would encourage everyone to come along to the RDS and support the Irish team and hopefully see them continue their winning streak.”