Reds go back to school
Munster players Duncan Casey, Darren Sweetnam and Sean McCarthy recently visited the students of Kilcolman National School.
The school, who are currently participating in the IRFU Play Rugby programme, were holding a 'Munster day'.
On their visit, the players answered questions on all things Munster and what it was like being a professional athlete.
Kilcolman NS is a feeder school to Estuary RFC who have recently benefited from schools coaching from Munster club and community rugby officer Ken Imbusch.
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IRFU Safe courses
The IRFU, with the support of the provincial branch Schools Committees, have delivered concussion management and education sessions to all coaches involved in Schools Cup competitions.
The seminars, which were mandatory for schools competing in Cup competitions, were delivered by the IRFU's medical department in conjunction with the Union's referees department.
The focus of the seminars was identifying and managing concussion from a coaching perspective and how referees will enforce existing laws to penalise dangerous play.
Concussion education is a mandatory element of the IRFU's SAFE Rugby coaching course and in August of this year the IRFU's refereeing department issued guidelines on how dangerous play would be refereed in the domestic game.
The seminars were delivered by Shane Mooney, the IRFU's SAFE Rugby coordinator.
IRFU medical director Rod McLoughlin commented: "These seminars are a proactive initiative aimed at supporting schools coaches with useful information ahead of their Schools competitions.
"Appropriate management of any concussive injuries is also vitally important, as are the return to play guidelines which stipulate a mandatory 23 days out of the game for players under 20 years of age."
David McHugh, IRFU referee performance manager, said: "Back in August before the season kicked off we released a series of RefSMART videos which outlined the measures that referees would be taking to address dangerous tackle technique, foul play and the targeting of prone players.
"These measures have been successfully implemented to date and will continue to be a focus across the schools competitions."