Coaches Laws Workshop – The Connacht Hotel on Thursday 18th August @ 7pm 

A review of the Laws of the Game takes place following every Rugby World Cup, and this season there are a number of law changes and amendments that have been introduced by World Rugby. In preparation for matches and competitions that are starting soon, we would like to invite coaches from youths, schools and adult rugby to attend a Laws Workshop in The Connacht Hotel on Thursday 18th August from 7-9pm. Seán Gallagher from the IRFU Referee Department will present the workshop and give you an opportunity to have your questions answered – easy or difficult!

In addition to the law changes and amendments from World Rugby, the IRFU are launching an initiative to promote fair contact and eliminate illegal collisions at all levels of the domestic game. This re-emphasis on the existing foul play law will also be presented at the workshop.

It is strongly recommended that all clubs and schools have at least one coach from each of their teams in attendance on the night. The event will begin at 7pm sharp.


Stage 3 Head Coach Course – Galway (Location TBC) on 3rd/4th of September

Connacht Rugby are hosting a Stage 3 Coaching Course on the weekend of the 3rd/4th September. Stage 3 is for Coaches who are coaching u16 teams or higher. The course deals with the Principles of Play by developing them through the use of Key Factor Analysis, applied to the Individual skills, mini-unit skills, unit and team skills. At the end of the course the coach is expected to identify and rectify technical deficiencies together with the ability of planning, organising, managing, communicating and developing the skills of his/her players through the implementation of sport specific and generic modules. The course develops the coach as ‘Challenger’.

Course Details:

Date: Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th September

Venue: Galway (Loaction TBC)

Cost: €150

There will be 2 further link courses during the season to complete attendance.

To Register on this course please complete the form by using the link below:


New Referees Course – The Sportsground on Sunday 11th September @10.00am

The Association of Referees Connacht Branch (ARCB) will be holding their next New Referees Course on Sunday 11th September 2016 in the Sportsground from 10.00-16.00.

Why become a referee?

Benefits to you:

  • Stay involved in the game.
  • Keep fit.
  • Learn more about the game.
  • Referee locally, provincially or nationally.
  • Make new friends.
  • Membership of the ARCB.
  • Access to kit.

Benefits to the game and the players:

  • Safe and controlled.
  • Structured.
  • Neutral referees.
  • Enhanced playing experience.
  • Values of the game are maintained.

I’m interested!

Seán Gallagher is the IRFU Referee Development Officer in Connacht and he would be delighted to talk you through what is involved in becoming a referee. His mobile is 086 1735096 or you can reach him by e-mail at [email protected]



IRFU  SAFE Rugby Level 2 course – The Sportsground on Sunday 11th September

The IRFU are running a SAFE Rugby Level 2 course in the Sportsground on Sunday 11th September. This course is designed for Doctors, Physios and other health professional involved in rugby at club or school level.

If you wish to attend please sign up on the following link:


Club and School Affiliated Referee Course – Ard Rí Hotel in Tuam on Monday 12th September @ 7pm

There will be a Club and School Affiliated Referee Course held on the Ard Rí Hotel in Tuam on Monday 12th September between 7pm and 9pm. It is essential that all games in the province (from U13 to Adult) are refereed by a member of the ARCB (Referee’s Association) or at a minimum a Club and School Affiliated Referee. The Club and School Affiliate Referee Course is ideal for club coaches/volunteers who will be called upon to referee underage games during the season.

For full details on the course please follow the below link to the Irish Rugby website. Also note that attendee’s must complete both the World Rugby Concussion Education module and the World Rugby Law exam module before attending the course. Links for both education modules can be found by following the below link.

Club and School Affiliated Referee Course link;

To register for the course please send an email to [email protected] or to [email protected] before Wednesday 7th September.


Global law trials begin this weekend