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The Parkland Pirates rugby program is heading to Ireland in March. The trip which will include high school athletes will include exhibition games and training sessions conducted by professional coaches.

Ahead of that, the program will be hosting a fundraising social this Saturday. It will take place at the 8th Avenue Hall and tickets are $20 per person. You can get them by messaging the Parkland Pirates on Facebook. You can also get in touch with Aaron Miner or Gerald Lopez.

Rugby in Dauphin has taken off over the past couple of years with local high school teams having plenty of success including the girls' team this past season as they won a provincial championship. Lopez says this trip to Ireland will only help the program improve.

"The rugby culture in the Parkland area is really growing," said Lopez. "We just thought we could broaden these players' experience and show them what rugby is outside the Parkland area."

There will also be tickets available at the door on Saturday.