BRFC Minis are fielding the following age teams in 2023/24

Under 12 Girls – Born 2012 & 2013
Coaches : Rory McCulloch, Liz Cronin, David Sands

Under 12s – Born 2012
Coaches : Sean Barry, Fiach O’Shea, Darren Plant, Tom Quigley

Under 11s – Born 2013
Coach : Ian Tolan, John Dempsey

Under 10s – Born 2014
Coaches : Greg Johnston, Paul Quinn

Under 9s – Born 2015
Coach : Lisa Kelly

Under 8s – Born 2016
Coaches : Stephen Keogh, Joss Curtis, Tom Hagan

Under 6s/7s – Born 2017
Coaches : Ivan McFadden, Tracey McFadden

Mini Rugby Coordinator : Lisa Kelly

Mini Rugby is designed to allow all children (both boys and girls) to participate in a team sport which is graded according to their ages. Mini Rugby at all levels is non competative – in that there are no formal leagues or cups which the teams compete for. Instead, the main aim is to introduce the children to the game and to progress the skills and techniques as they themselves grow with it.

At the earliest stages, Under 6/7s the game is non-contact, with the emphasis being on having fun, and developing the basic skills of ball handling and carrying.

Under 8s rugby introduces the concept of tackling – a particular favourite pastime of all children at this age group!

At Under 9 and 10 the players are introduced to the concepts of scrums and lineouts. These are uncontested – in other words it allows the children understand the concept of these formations – with 3 players per team forming a scrum and 2 players per team in the lineout

At Under 11s positions for players begin to be introduced – a common misconception amongst children (and some adults) is that the back row are defenders as per many other team sports, and the forwards are the attackers. Rugby is the opposite, and it is at this age that the skills required for reach discipline are covered.

At Under12 the game grows to larger team sizes, more formal team positioning and skills – an excellent foundation for the move to Youths rugby.

At BRFC all of our Mini’s coaches receive formal IRFU coaching from the Leinster Rugby Branch, and have undergone complete Child Protection vetting and training.

For season 2023-2024 mini’s training times are as follows –

U11’s training is Wednesday from 7pm-8pm.

U12 Girls training is Wednesday from 7.30pm-8.30pm

Mini’s training for U6’s/U7’s, U8’s  & U10’s is Thursday evening from 6.30pm-7.30pm. U12’s training is Thursday evening from 7pm-8pm.

U9’s training is Sunday morning from 10am-11am.

If you require any more information on Mini Rugby, or on Balbriggan RFC in general, please email

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