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Stage 1 (U7 – U12)

Mini Rugby

This course is specifically designed for coaches of Mini rugby (7-12 years old) 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 printing off their certificate of completion and presenting it upon arrival at the course.
• Full course attendance.
• Practical demonstration (on course) of safety awareness in skills requiring contact.
• Sign-off and awareness of the IRFU “Child Welfare Document.”

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

Upcoming Courses

15 September 18, Limerick, Young Munster RFC

22 September 18, Cork (venue TBC)

29 September 18, East Munster (venue TBC)

06 October 18, West Munster, IT Tralee

Venues for Cork and East Munster courses will be notified in advance of the courses. Online Registration will open four weeks prior to the commencement of the course, and will remain open up to 72 hours prior to commencement of the course or until full capacity has been reached. Any queries regarding the courses can be directed to education@munsterrugby.ie

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