Jersey up for grabs at draw
The draw for the Connacht Youth Cups is due to take place on Tuesday, January 23 at 7pm in the Heineken Rugby Clubhouse, the Sportsground, Galway.
The draws for both the boys and girls' competitions will take place on the night.
It is set to be a big night with club members, Connacht Rugby officials, youth players, coaches, and volunteers invited to attend.
Finger food and refreshments will be served from 7pm followed by a Q&A with special guests including Ellie Dillane from the Connacht women's team and Academy player Luke Carty.
Special guests on the night will include Joe Gorham (domestic rugby manager), Eric Elwood (academy manager) and Nigel Carolan (backs coach with the pro team).
Clubs are encouraged to send as many young players as possible and every player who goes in their club colours will be entered in a draw to win a signed Connacht rugby jersey.
Referees are shown the ropes
Connacht Rugby and the IRFU's referee department recently held two referee workshops, one for new recruits and one for affiliates. Both workshops were headed by the IRFU's referee education officer Kevin Beggs.
The new recruits workshop is a full day of skill acquisition and was held in the Sportsground, Galway in early January.
It is the first step on a new referee's journey through the ranks and 11 new recruits attended.
The next step for them is to be linked with the Association of Referees Connacht Branch (ARCB) where they will be sent out across the province to ply their newly-honed referee skills on the pitch.
The affiliate referees workshop was hosted by Castlebar RFC and saw 16 coaches and managers attend the event.
Affiliate referees are usually coaches of youth teams who step into the role if, for any reason, a referee can't make a match.
The two-hour course gives them a basic understanding of how to referee.
For anyone interested in getting involved in refereeing they should contact the IRFU's referee education officer Kevin Beggs: firstname.lastname@example.org