Killarney RFC Minis 2019/2020:

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.

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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 2019/2020:

Player age group Year of Birth
Under 12’s 2008
Under 11’s 2009
Under 10’s 2010
Under 9’s 2011
Under 8’s 2012
Under 7’s 2013
Under 6’s* 2014

*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 .


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 which is currently in development. 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, with a copy of the players birth cert, this is done once only and the players details are forwarded by the club to the IRFU, where they are kept until that players stops playing rugby.

For further details, speak to Liam Murphy – Minis and Youths Registrar, who is the U10’s 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/Officers for Killarney RFC Minis Section 2018/2019:

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:

Fergus Cronin

Mark Brett

David Bradley

Cyrille Durand

Under 8’s

Fergus Cronin

Mark Brett

David Bradley

Cyrille Durand

Under 10’s

Liam Murphy

Tony Dunne

Paul Sexton



Under 12’s:

Richard O’Brien

Tom O’Leary

T.J. Brosnan

Mini Coordinator:

Liam Murphy


Child Welfare Officer:

Heather McIver:


Girls Rugby:

Fiona Landers:



Training Information

Mini training takes place every Saturday morning from 10.30am to 12 Noon (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. When weather conditions are too poor to play at Aghadoe, we try to accommodate training at various venues in or near Killarney on all weather pitches or even indoors, depending on which venues are available. On the occasions that we feel the weather is too poor to play or train outdoors, 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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