Player welfare is, and always will be, of paramount importance to Connacht Rugby and the IRFU.

We want to ensure that everyone associated with the sport – no matter your level of involvement – knows that their health, safety and enjoyment will always be key to rugby. 

Connacht Rugby and the IRFU strive throughout its organisations and spheres of influence to promote, create and maintain safe environments for all players. For Connacht Rugby, this starts with our fundamental values of Ambition, Belief and Community. 

In our resources section you will find various important guidelines to help you and your club, including but not limited to Safeguarding, Recruitment, and advice for Parents/Guardians. 

If you have any questions or comments, please reach out using the form below. 


Spirit of Rugby 

The Spirit Of Rugby is an IRFU initiative which includes practical educational programmes that embody and promote the core values of the game – Respect, Inclusivity, Integrity, Fun and Excellence.

Spirit of Rugby aims to support players, coaches, volunteers and parents and its primary purpose is to educate those within the game about their rights and responsibilities on and off the field.

The programme delivers a series of educational workshops and support for clubs through designated Spirit of Rugby officers, focusing on Safeguarding, Anti-Doping, Disability and Health and Well Being.

Our Clubs

Find out more about the clubs around Connacht. 

Our Values

Read about the values we stand for

Coaching Resources

Use our free coaching resources to help improve the game. 

Contact Us About Welfare

Our Spirit of Rugby Officer Luke Murphy will be happy to assist you with any query you have.