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Stage 1 ( Minis)

Mini Rugby

This course is currently being revised for the 2016-17 season.

This course is specifically designed for coaches of Mini rugby (U8 – U12) where players are being introduced to rugby for the first time and participating in games of reduced numbers (8’s, 10’s and 12-a-side).

The focus is on safety & enjoyment with the coach acting as ‘guide’ in a player-centred process.

Developing players’ all-round skills and game-understanding with an emphasis on Physical Literacy appropriate to the stages of development of each individual are the key technical, tactical & physical module objectives.

The course develops the coach as ‘Guide’.

Entry criteria

  • Participants must be a minimum of 16 yrs of age.

Important Note: Coaches aged 16-18 yrs old are restricted to performing in an Assistant Coach role, under the direct supervision and guidance of an Accredited Mini Rugby coach aged 18yrs or older.

  • Priority (where required) will be given to participants actively involved in coaching Mini Rugby.

Numbers per course

40 maximum/25 minimum


  • Pre-Course Requirement – all attendees must complete an online ‘Concussion Awareness’ module and examination before attending the courses which includes printing off their certificate of completion and presenting it upon arrival at the course or emailing it to the course administrator. Details will be sent in advance to all coaches attending the course.
  • Full course attendance.

(NB) Further accreditation requirements will be identified in due course including laws test and logging hours. This course is currently being revised for the 2016-17 season.

The IRFU reserves the right to modify, replace or add to accreditation requirements in accordance with updates to Coach Development programmes.


The IRFU Coaching Accreditation Re-Validation programme is currently under development.

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