Killarney RFC Minis 2021/2022:

Mini Rugby Ethos:

We take the enjoyment of playing & participation & child welfare, very seriously. We nurture the ethos of Rugby Union, which is that we treat our coaches, peers, spectators and opposition in a way that we would expect to be treated ourselves. We do not tolerate bullying of any kind and encourage fair play.


Age Group for your child:

Leprechaun (stage 1) rugby is for children under the age of 7 and is a non-contact sport. Children under 8 also play Stage 1 rugby but contact (tackling) is gradually introduced, all children who play stage one rugby are taught how to pass / receive a pass. Stage 1 is generally eight-a-side but this is not cast in stone. Children who are under the age of 10 play stage 2 rugby and the ruck, maul, lineout and scrum are introduced, this is eight a side also. Generally the playing area for children in stage 1 & stage 2 is about 40meters x 30 meters but can vary, usually getting bigger for stage 2.

The next stage of mini rugby is stage 3 and this is for under 11s, which is ten a side, where further skills such as kicking are introduced and the size of the pitch is increased to approximately 50 meters x 70, with stage 4 focusing on U12 and utilising Stage 4 rules as set out by the IRFU.

It is critical that children play within their age group, for child welfare reasons.

Mini Rugby is for Girls & Boys Under 12 years of age but generally no younger than 5, and is a non-competitive sport, with its ethos being `Inclusion & Fun`.

Age Categories for Season 2021/2022:

Player age group Year of Birth
Under 12’s 2010
Under 11’s 2011
Under 10’s 2012
Under 9’s 2013
Under 8’s 2014
Under 7’s 2015
Under 6’s* 2016

*Children who are under six or younger may not be left unattended, and at least one (adult) is expected to stay for the complete duration of training for each child .


COVID-19 and Rugby Training:

KRFC is fully compliant with regards to COVID-19 regulations and the Munster Rugby has given us the green light to return to rugby, having completed a COVID-19 Safety Plan. Part of this plan has been the appointment of a club COVID Safety Officer (Declan Fuller) and Compliance Officers at every section. Liam Murphy is the Compliance Officer for us and along with our coaches, will be ensuring all set out measures are followed.

Therefore we will need to have some additional safety measures in place. Below are some of the main guidelines with regards to COVID-19 and returning to play:

  • Please complete the Pre-return to rugby personal assessment declaration before every training session and forward to your coach before play.
  • Do not come to training if unwell or if you answer ‘Yes’ to any question.
  • There are no changing rooms available, so please arrive togged out and ready to play.
  • Toilets will be available at the Clubhouse.
  • All players to bring their own waterbottles (clearly labelled).
  • All players to sign in each week with Compliance Officers/Head Coaches at each section.
  • Parents to assist players wash hands upon arrival at the outdoor sink to left of Clubhouse.
  • Once hands are washed, players to go directly to pitch.
  • Rugby balls will be sanitised before after training. All bibs will be washed each week.
  • Designated drop off points near the clubhouse (see map).
  • Designated areas for parking, no set down near clubhouse (see map)
  • If using the walking track, please observe social distancing and do not congregate.

For any queries please contact Liam on 087-4145662.

Training Times:

U6/U7/U8:      10am – 11:30am

U9/U10:           10am – 11:30am

U11/U12:          10:30am – 12 midday

Club Kit:

At Killarney RFC Minis, we are not strict about what the children wear when they are training or playing in matches, however, we do insist on them wearing a gumshield to protect their teeth, even at leprechaun rugby accidents can happen. They will also wear shorts, socks, boots and a tee-shirt and hoodie if needed. Most children like to wear club shirt and gear and this will be available from our Club shop – Check out our Merchandise section or our online O’Neill’s shop . Embroidery is offered at Walsh’s Schoolwear, Killarney.

Registration and Membership:

When a player joins initially to play a paper copy of an IRFU formatted registration form must be completed and submitted to the club. Players from U13 up need to be registered on Rugby Connect.

For further details, speak to Liam Murphy – Minis and Youths Registrar, who is the U10’s Head Coach. He will guide you on any registration queries. You can download the registration form here:  KRFC IRFU Form

In the case of membership this is done annually and can now be done on-line. There are various options to do this for example a family membership or an individual membership. Please check out our Membership section for further details. Membership allows you to enter the draws for tickets to various International matches as well as support your local club.


Coaches for Killarney RFC Minis Section 2021/2022:

All of the coaches in our Minis section are accredited by the IRFU and are Garda vetted.

Head Coach/Minis Coordinator: Liam Murphy 087-4145662

Under 7’s – Little Fawns:

Becca McGrath

Orna Driver

Molly Jenkinson


Under 8’s

Orla McCarthy

Mark Egan

Miceal Concannon

Cyrille Durand

Under 10’s

Liam Murphy

Fergus Cronin

Paul Sexton

Finn Kennelly

Assisted By: Donncha Murphy

Under 12’s:

Richard O’Brien

Tony Dunne

David Prendeville

Daire O’Brien

Chris Doody

Mini Coordinator:

Liam Murphy


Child Welfare Officer:

Tom O’Leary


Training Information

Mini training takes place every Saturday morning from 10am to 11:45 (Weather permitting), at our new pitch at Caher, Aghadoe. Training takes place from the start of September until mid-April each season, with a break at Christmas. On the occasions that we feel the weather is too poor to play or train outdoors – if Met Eireann issues an Orange or Red weather warning, we may cancel all activities altogether.

Training consists of the players taking part in drills, and games that teach and prepare the child the skills needed to play at the top level. This is part of the long-term player development strategy devised by the IRFU.


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