Underage Rugby – Youths & Minis

At Ballincollig RFC our Underage Section, consisting of our Youths and Minis, is the most vibrant section of the club with over 200 players and 40 coaches participating every week.

The main aim of this section is to provide a safe and fun environment for young people to learn to play top quality rugby.   From the very youngest learning to pick up a ball and run with it to Munster Cadet and Development Squad members, we cater for players of all abilities and interests in the game of rugby.

Youth age groups (U14 to U18) participate in South Munster league and cup competitions, as well as invitation matches around the province.

Mini age groups (U7 to U12) participate in regular “festivals” with clubs in South Munster. Our U10’s and U12’s also participate in Pan Munster events during the season.

Age Grades

Age grades are set by the IRB and IRFU and are based on the player’s year of birth.  Date of eligibility for participants is the 1st January.

For safety reasons players should play within their own age grades.  Players cannot play for a lower age grade.

Age Grade Year of Birth Mon Wed Sat Location
U7 2010 N/A N/A 10:00am – 11:30am Tanner Park
U8 2009 N/A N/A 10:00am – 11:30am Tanner Park
U9 2008 N/A N/A 10:00am – 11:30am Tanner Park
U10 2007 N/A N/A 10:00am – 11:30am Tanner Park
U11 2006 N/A N/A 10:00am – 11:30am Tanner Park
U12 2005 N/A N/A 10:00am – 11:30am Tanner Park
U14 2003/2004 N/A 6:30pm – 8:00pm 11:30am – 1:00pm Tanner Park
U16 2001/2002 6:30pm – 8:00pm 6:30pm – 8:00pm 11:30am – 1:00pm Tanner Park
U18 1999/2000 6:30pm – 8:00pm 6:30pm – 8:00pm 11:30am – 1:00pm Tanner Park


Players should be on the field fully togged out at least five minutes before training begins.

Parents should arrange to collect children on time as supervision cannot be guaranteed after training sessions finish.

Playing Kit & Equipment

GUM SHIELDS ARE A MUST FOR ALL AGES. No player is allowed to train or play without a properly fitting gum shield.

Strong sports clothing of any colour can be used for training.

Club kit and equipment can be bought or ordered from Nicola Wilson at the Club Shop on Saturday mornings 09.45am – 11.30am


Full information about membership is available on our Membership page

For insurance purposes all players must be registered with the club and pay their annual club subscription promptly. Unregistered players will not be allowed to train or play.


The club is insured with the I.R.F.U. for serious or catastrophic injuries to players but we strongly recommend that all parents ensure that their children have adequate insurance against injuries which unfortunately may necessitate intervention by medical professionals (e.g. visits to doctor, hospital, physio, etc). The club and its coaches will take all reasonable steps to ensure that the highest safety standards are always maintained but can accept no responsibility for injuries.

It is our understanding that most underage players will be insured through their school’s insurance policy but it is the parents sole responsibility to ensure that their child’s school operates this insurance, that it covers weekends, outside school times, etc and that their child is covered by their school’s insurance policy against the costs of injury for the year in question. If parents are unsure, they should check with their child’s school and/or seek insurance through a reputable insurance company.


Youths Coordinator Matt McGrath
Minis Coordinator Nicola Wilson
Underage Coaching Coordinator Cathal Dodd


Munster Youths & Minis

IRFU Age Grade Rugby 


Youths & Minis would like to thank EMC and McGinn Tuition for their ongoing sponsorship and support.