Coaches soak up important knowledge
The Munster Rugby Development department recently held IRFU Stage 1 Coaching Courses at Tralee IT and Waterpark RFC.
As well as the previous week's courses in Thomond Park and Cork Constitution FC, the Tralee IT course was full, with 40 coaches from a variety of clubs in the west Munster region in attendance, while 26 mini coaches completed the course in Waterford.
In the new course curriculum, the one-day event emphasised the key 'FUNdamentals' of coaching mini rugby from U-7s to U-12s by enhancing the players' experience and development through the game, with a large portion of the course promoting rugby-centered concepts with fun games and activities.
The core focus at this stage is also the development of coaching competencies in running, passing, catching, tackling and identifying the key principles of 'go forward' and 'support' play.
Stage 1 also emphasises the development of Rugby Prime as a non-contact modified game for mini players with scrum and lineouts during later stages of mini rugby.
Highfield and Bandon rugby clubs, along with Thomond Park Stadium, also recently welcomed coaches to the IRFU Stage 2 Coaching Course with a full capacity attending all venues.
The Stage 2 Coaching Course is run over two days and is an introduction to the 15-a-side game for coaches and helpers with limited experience in rugby.
Munster Rugby will be hosting coaching courses throughout the province over the season. For further details please email email@example.com
Cup ties to thrill
The only games at senior level this weekend are the quarter-finals of the Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Cup and an Ulster Bank All Ireland League Division 2B game.
On Friday evening there is another Limerick derby at Dooradoyle between Garryowen and last season's finalists Young Munster.
The winners will be at home to the winners of UCC or holders Cork Constitution, who go head to head at the Mardyke on Saturday afternoon, with the Lilywhites seeking their sixth successive title.
Sunday's Well are in action in a basement clash in Division 2B of the All Ireland League at Irish Independent Park. They welcome bottom side Belfast Harlequins, with whom they were relegated last season, to Leeside.
Sunday's Well will be looking to make the most of home advantage count as they aim to build on their maximum-point home win over fellow strugglers City of Derry last time out.
Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Challenge Cup quarter-final fixtures.
Friday, October 20 | Garryowen v Young Munster | Dooradoyle | 7.30pm
Saturday, October 21 | UCC v Cork Constitution | Mardyke | 2pm
Blitz a hit in schools
Munster Rugby recently hosted a rugby blitz at Crescent College Comprehensive in Dooradoyle, Limerick.
First year students representing St Munchin's College, Glenstal Abbey School, Castletroy College, Villiers School and Crescent College took part in the one-day blitz with approximately 200 players competing.
In an 11 a-side format, players were given the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in open play.
The blitz was the first of three to be held this year in Castletroy College as Munster Rugby continues to develop the game at underage level.
Munster Rugby would like to thank Crescent College for hosting the event.
Should you require information on upcoming blitz days throughout the province please email firstname.lastname@example.org