Students from St Brendan's Secondary School in Birr, Co Offaly, are taking part in the IRFU Play Rugby scheme.
CRO Dave Farrelly has introduced the programme to the school and sees great participation by all students.
"It's great to see such good numbers having fun playing rugby," he says.
PE teacher Michelle Ryan is also delighted with the programme, saying: "The kids really enjoy the sport and it's a great way to introduce students to rugby that may not otherwise play the game."
Rugby is now played as part of pupils' PE lessons.