In the Spotlight: Ciaran (Iggy) Jennings, A Grade

Playing history

Growing up I was very lucky to play for my local club Westport RFC in Co. Mayo Ireland where they taught me the basic fundamental skills of rugby. While playing there I also represented Connacht Rugby for a number of seasons and learnt a lot there also. After that I moved to Westmeath Ireland where I played with AIT and went on to win an All-Ireland Senior Cup. After finishing University I decided to travel to Canada where I lived for 2 years and played rugby for the Meralomas RFC in Vancouver, where I played with and against some of the Canadian players who had just played in the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand which was a great experience.

I decided to play with Palmerston RFC as I meet a couple of the guys on my first night in Darwin and I felt that they were a great bunch of lads and I also lost a bet (lost a boat race) to Mike Killiner and Brock Evans

Northern vs. Southern Hemisphere rugby

The difference I have seen between northern and southern hemisphere rugby off-the-field is not that different: every team I have ever played for has the same basic characteristics, players like to train hard, win and enjoy themselves out side of rugby socially. From my tiny bit of experience of playing southern hemisphere rugby the only difference I have noticed on the field is that the southern hemisphere clubs like to play wider around the break down and spread it wide.

Playing for Palmerston Crocs

My favourite thing about playing for Palmerston RFC is the friendly vibe around the club and the short quick intense training sessions. Even though there are a lot of new faces in the club this year there is a very welcoming atmosphere and a great team spirit. This year I have had some highs and some lows - the highlight of the season so far was the win over Casuarina Cougars in the Pre-Season Cup tournament and the low was defiantly sitting on the sideline watching the opening game of the league when we lost to University by 30 points.

Advice for young players wishing to travel with rugby?

Any young players looking to travel and play rugby - I would defiantly recommend it as it's a great way to see the world and meet new people who share a passion for rugby also. I travelled to Darwin on my own and within 4 hours of landing I made some lifelong friends just because I said I played rugby and was looking for a team to play with in Darwin. As a result of that I was wearing a Palmerston rugby shirt in a 10 a side tournament the next morning.

While playing rugby generally requires strength, agility, speed - even if you do not hold any of these skills it is still a great sport to play as it is a great way to meet people and can improve your team skills, social interaction and self-discipline.

Anything else?

I would like to thank all the Palmerston rugby players, supporters and board members for making me feel so welcome to the club since moving here in February of this year.