Boys and girls from 15 rugby clubs across Connacht will descend on Galway Corinthians RFC on Saturday 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. Each of the minis on the day will receive a special medal, and a certificate signed by Ireland rugby stars.

After the success of the opening festival in Ulster earlier this month, the event now moves across the country and will see hundreds of young rugby players participate throughout the season. 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

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