Sunday 15 September 2019

Marmion to visit mini festival at Corinthians

Connacht scrum-half Kieran Mannion will share his expert knowledge with the kids at Galway Corinthians RFC tomorrow. Photo: ©INPHO/Bryan Keane
Connacht scrum-half Kieran Mannion will share his expert knowledge with the kids at Galway Corinthians RFC tomorrow. Photo: ©INPHO/Bryan Keane Sportsdesk

Boys and girls from 15 rugby clubs across Connacht will descend on Galway Corinthians RFC tomorrow to take part in the second Aviva Mini Rugby Festival of the season.

Joining the festival will be Connacht and Ireland player Kieran Marmion to share his expert knowledge with the young hopefuls.

The festival gives teams a chance to develop their skills as they play in a fun and non-competitive environment.

One festival will take place in each province, before the National Aviva Mini Rugby Festival takes place at the Aviva Stadium next May.

Eoin Hogan, IRFU age grade manager, said: "Many of our current international stars began playing Mini Rugby, and it continues to be the perfect introduction to the sport for girls and boys.

"With the support of Aviva, these festivals ensure a memorable experience for many youngsters across the country which we hope will just be the start of their involvement in the sport for many years to come."

Teams taking part in the festival include: An Ghaeltacht RFC, Ballina RFC, Buccaneers RFC, Carrick-on-Shannon RFC, Claremorris Colts RFC, Galway Corinthians RFC, Corrib RFC, Creggs RFC, Galway Bay Rugby Club, Galwegians RFC, Gort RFC, Loughrea Rugby Club, Monivea RFC, Portumna RFC and Sligo RFC.

Return of U-20 series

The fourth round of the Elverys Sports U-20 10s Series takes place tomorrow at Corinthians RFC and will run from 3pm to 6pm at Cloonacauneen with food provided in the clubhouse for all teams afterwards.

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The competition is for U-20 teams (10 players a side) with the overall winners of the Connacht U-20s 10s Series receiving €5,000 worth of equipment from Elverys Sports for their club.

New teams are welcome to join. Even if your club do not have 10 players, we can facilitate whatever players you have joining with another club or helping to make up the Barbarians side.

Ballinasloe and Gort CS to host Halloween Camps

Connacht Rugby are delighted to launch our first ever Halloween Camps that are taking place in Ballinasloe RFC and Gort Community School next week.

You can book a place in the camps at The Camps cost just €50 and take place from Tuesday-Thursday (inclusive) and run from 9.30am-2pm daily with a 9am start on the first day for registration.

No rugby experience is necessary to attend, the Connacht Rugby Halloween Camps are an introduction to the game of rugby in a safe and controlled manner and will be managed by fully accredited IRFU coaches.

Children who participate in the camps will get the chance to make new friends and learn more about rugby values such as team work, commitment and integrity.

Every child will get a special Connacht Rugby backpack.

What to Bring

Arrive togged out and ready to go.

Bring a change of clothes in case it rains.

A mouthguard/gumshield is required during all activities on camp.

Bring rugby or football boots with regular studs.

Bring a packed lunch (please pack a healthy lunch for your child)

For further information about the camps, email

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