Monday 27th February, 2017 - Mini Rugby Coaching Course - Update

A Minis Stage 1 Coaching Course organised in conjunction with Leinster Rugby was run in Rosetown Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February. Thanks are due to Newbridge RFC's CCRO Neil Taylor for arranging the course. Thanks are also due to Ken, Jenny, John and John Joe from Leinster Rugby for providing top class tutoring during the two days. Finally a particular thank you and well done to Laura, Darragh, Liam, Tom, Stephen, Lance and Senan (the seven Newbridge RFC coaches) who completed the course for their effort, enthusiasm and commitment on a mid-term break weekend.

Saturday 20th February, 2016 -

Girls play first match in Athy

The girls team started on 6th January 2016 and they

played their FIRST match against our friends down in

Athy RFC on Saturday 20th February.
A little birdie told us that our girls won 6 - 7.

Onwards & upwards.

January 2016 - Girls Minis Rugby in Rosetown

Newbridge RFC are starting two new teams especially for the girls. Starting Wednesday 6th January 2016 at 6:30pm in Rosetown, Newbridge RFC will be running coaching sessions specifically for girls. We already have a number of girls playing within the Mini

but Newbridge want to put a suitable structure in place to enable the girls to

continue playing during their teen and adult years.

We expect it may take time to build up numbers. Other Clubs in the North

Midlands Area already have Girls Minis teams up and running so there will

be plenty of opportunities to get game time. Newbridge RFC are offering

FREE membership to new girls for their first season.

>>> So why not give it a try !!!   

                    >>> So why not give it a try !!!        

                                   >>> So why not give it a try !!!

Initially there will be training for the girls on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm and Saturday mornings at 10.00am (same as the boys). These arrangements will be review this with the parents after a few weeks to see how it is working.

Tuesday 30th August, 2016 - Under 12s Play at RDS

February, 2016 - Irish Rugby & World Rugby Raleri Goggle Trial

As the Irish Rugby Football Union has now been accepted onto the World Rugby

Raleri Goggle Trial allowing those requiring the use of goggles to now apply to

World Rugby to participate in the trial and purchase a pair of Raleri goggles, if

accepted onto the trial. The IRFU reminds all players, coaches, referees and

parents that the trial is limited to the Raleri goggle only, and in accordance with

the terms of the World Rugby... trial, no other eye-wear will be permitted, for

health and safety reasons, in contact forms of the game.
The World Rugby website advises :- "It should be noted that only those Rugby

Goggles carrying the official World Rugby Trial Approved logo will be permitted

to be used in the trial, and all participants must demonstrate their need for the

Rugby Goggles through a letter from their ophthalmologist (or similar expert)

stating that there is an ophthalmic or medical need for their use. Inspections

and checks may be performed by match referees to ensure that all participants

have complied with these conditions.”

The IRFU encourages parents, players, coaches and volunteers to review information available from World Rugby in relation to the trial -

To assist those seeking a greater understanding of the trial, the IRFU presents the following frequently asked question:
What is the World Rugby goggles trial?World Rugby is conducting a trial to test the safety of goggles/eye-wear in rugby.The trial covers one goggle only (manufactured by Raleri Italy) in one size.The trial was due to be completed in May 2015 but has been extended on two occasions and is now due to be completed in late 2016Players can wear goggles if they are members of a union that is partaking in the trail, they register for the trial with World Rugby, they are accepted onto the trial and they wear the Raleri trial goggles. Players must present a letter, to the referee, from their eye expert confirming their need to wear goggles

Has the IRFU ever allowed people to wear glasses or goggles on the field of play?No, for health and safety reasons eyewear has never been permitted, with the exception of non- contact forms of the games such as Leprechaun, Tag and Touch rugby.Those playing non-contact forms of the game can continue to wear sports goggles. However, if they move to the contact form of the game they will be required to apply to World Rugby and purchase the Raleri trial goggle to continue to play rugby, if they are accepted onto the trial.
The IRFU's medical department advises people with sight in just one eye (ie monocular) to consider avoiding contact rugby entirely.

What advice does the IRFU have for any coach/parent/player or referees?The World Rugby trial permits the wearing of Raleri goggles only. ALL OTHER GOGGLES WILL REMAIN PROHIBITED IN LINE WITH WORLD RUGBY LAWS.

See attached photograph of Raleri Goggles and distinguishing logos/features.
The following information on the trial is taken from the World Rugby Welfare site (

1. Who can use the goggles?Only players with chronic eyesight conditions may use the goggles while playing contact Rugby. This includes people who require corrective lenses, people with monocular vision and people with restricted vision in one or both eyes.The goggles must only be worn on recommendation from an ophthalmologist (or similar expert) and the wearer must provide the match referee with a letter from their ophthalmologist (or similar expert) detailing the need for the participant to wear the goggles.Only the person who has completed the application form for inclusion in the Global Law Trial (or the person for whom the applicant is a legal parent or guardian) may wear the Rugby Goggles while playing contact Rugby.Rugby Goggles may not be used by an individual to enable them to play contact Rugby while recovering from a temporary eye or face injury.
2. How do I order a pair of goggles?The World Rugby Goggles Global Law Trial is open to all players in all Unions who fulfil the criteria set out above. Participants must register (if not already registered) on the World Rugby Passport System. Following World Rugby Passport registration all parts of a short application form need to be completed before a Unique Purchase Code (UPC) will be issued.Once you have you been issued with your UPC (which will also be emailed to you) you can then go to the Raleri website to purchase your Rugby Goggles.Each UPC permits the registrant to purchase one pair of Rugby Goggles only and can only be used once.As part of the purchase process you will be required to register on the Raleri website. This registration is completely independent of the World Rugby Passport System and all information provided will be stored by Raleri.
3. What kind of lenses can be used in the insert?Only polycarbonate lenses (or similar plastics) should be used in the Rugby Goggles' insert. Glass must never be used to manufacture the lenses used in the insert.
4. Who should fit the lenses?Only a qualified optician should fit the lenses to the Rugby Goggles Insert. The insert itself should not be altered in any way. The directions supplied by the manufacturer should be followed when fitting the lenses. Glass should never be used to manufacture the lenses fitted to the Rugby Goggles insert.

Saturday 4th February, 2017 - Newbridge Under 9s v Cill Dara

​Some photographs of Newbridge Under 9s against Cill

Dara RFC from last Saturday's action in Rosetown. Again,

as with Portlaoise RFC recently, there was fantastic

movement, passing and teamwork on view from all teams

and clubs resulting in a feast of Rugby for the players and

supporters to enjoy.

Saturday 26th March, 2016 - Under 7s & 8s End of Season Party

​Whilst the End of Season Party had to be postponed for the

older Minis Age Groups a party event was held for the Under

7s and 8s. Below are some photos that give a great flavour of

the fun and excitement in Rosetown on Saturday morning Iincluding

the distribution of the all important medals.Thanks to all the players,

parents, coaches and volunteers for all the hard work and

commitment during this last, at times challenging, year. The party

for the other teams, postponed due to the weather, is being rearranged. 

Parents will be contacted later this week with the  new details.

Monday 13th February, 2017 - Mini Rugby Coaching Course - Latest

The Minis Coaching Course organised in conjunction with Leinster Rugby is going ahead on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February. The couse will run from 9.00am to 4.30pm (approx) both days. Note - the course on the Saturday will finish in time for all to see the Ireland v France 6 Nations match. There is a requirement for participants to complete an online concussion awareness module. Please confirm with Neil ASAP by Facebook message, text, phone or in person if you are attending. Details of the course can be accessed through the following link :-

Saturday 12th March, 2017 - Minis Update

What a super effort today, in heavy conditions, by the Newbridge Under 9s, 10s,

11s and 12s in their games against Naas in Rosetown. There was determination

in defence, skill in attack and great team work across all the squads and teams.

Well done to all parents and families also who provided refreshments, car parking

attendants and a real willingness to help out. A super club and community effort

from all. Unfortunately we had to cancel the games for Under 7s and Under 8s

due to the condition of the playing areas available to them. Fingers crossed both

groups will be back to rugby soon

Wednesday 22nd February, 2017 - Mini Rugby Coaching Course - Update

The Minis Stage 1 Coaching Course organised in conjunction with Leinster Rugby is going ahead on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February. It is being held at Newbridge RFC's Rosetown ground from 9.15am to 3.00pm (approx) on both days. The course will be finished in time on Saturday for participants to watch the Ireland v France internation match. There is also a requirement to complete an online concussion awareness module. A limited number of places are still available. Please confirm with Neil if attending Not Later Than Lunchtime Wednesday 22nd February by Facebook message, text, phone or in person. ​Details of the course can be accessed through the following link :-

Newbridge RFC Under 12s played at half-time in Leinster's opening match of the season against Treviso.  Well Done!

Saturday 11th February, 2017 - Minis Update - 

Great Effort by Minis in Edenderry

What a super effort and performance from the Newbridge Minis against Edenderry on Saturday morning (11th February). The conditions were bitterly cold and despite a significant size advantage to the hosts across all teams, rugby guile, guts and great skills were on display in 'bucket-loads' from the Black & Yellows. The Under 12s played 15 a side rugby, using the full pitch, for the first time this season. They produced a scintillating display, particularly in the 1st half, of running rugby matched with awareness of space.

Well done to all the players, coaches and parents involved with all teams today.​

Saturday 19th March, 2016 - Girls travel to Athy RFC for first Blitz

Well done to the Newbridge Girls Minis team who played in their​ first

blitz at Athy RFC on Saturday 19th March. They have all come along way

over the last 3 months.



Also a number of the older girls played some Under 12 games.

Great spirit and skill from the little Black and Yellas !!

Monday 13th February, 2017 - Primary Schools TAG Rugby

A feast of primary schools rugby will be available to be enjoy on Wednesday 15th February in Rosetown. 17 Teams from 10 Schools will take part in a 5th/6th Class Blitz between local schools. It is all part of the Newbridge Rugby Club's Community Rugby Programme. Over 200 young players are expected to participate during the day. The Schools playing are :- Gael Scoil Chill Dara, St Patricks NS, Scoil Nioclais Naofa - Dunlavin, Scoil Mhuire, Scoil Naomh Uilig, St Conleths & Marys NS, Newbridge Educate Together NS, Patrician Primary, Ballyshannon NS and Scoil Bhride - Kilcullen.

August 2016 - Rugby Summer Camp

Newbrudge RFC have a fabulous summer summer camp organised for all kids from 6 to 12. Running from 8 -12 August  2016, the camp is being run by Johne Murphy, ex Leicester and Munster player through 

Prices for the camp are just €90 per child, with Early Bird and Sibling offers from as little as €65 per child when you book before June 30th.  

Places are limited, and are on a first come, first served basis.  For details see on Facebook, visit or Email: or Alternatively, contact Johan Taylor on 086 4129196, Johne Murphy on 087 7840855 or Enda Bohan 086 2597214. Download the Brochure and Entry Form HERE 

Minis News

Sunday 20th March, 2016

- Under 10s at home to Tullow

7th November, 2015 - Minis Travel to North Kildare 

***🐥 Day for ducks but our Minis went out and played against North Kildare RFC ***

Saturday 7th November was the wettest morning of the season so far but it didn't worry the Minis of Newbridge or North Kildare. In very wet and muddy conditions the players from both clubs were fully committed and great fun was had by all. A big thank you to all the coaches and parent without whose enthusiasm and commitment such occasions wouldn't happen. Well done!

Monday 13th FebRUARY, 2017 - Mini Girls Update 

Newbridge Mini Girls played a keenly contested match in bitter conditions against the Naas RFC Girls at Rosetown last Saturday 11th February. The game was played in great spirit and the virtues of rugby - skill, bravery, team work, fun and effort were on display in abundance. Well done to all the players and team mentors. It is great to see all your hard work paying off.

Wednesday 15th February, 2017 - "TAG Feast" - Primary Schools Rugby

A feast of TAG Rugby took place on Wednesday 15th February

in Rosetown. 100s of 'Trys' were scored by 230 young players

from 10 Schools who fielded 17 teams. There was skill, speed,

space awareness, team camaraderie and FUN on display in

abundance. Newbridge RFC would like to thank all the schools

who took part, the teachers who supported the teams and most of

all the young players who committed fully to doing their best. They

played within the spirit of the game and 'learned by doing' improving

constantly game by game. Well done to all who were associated

with supporting this event, which allowed the children to explore the

game in a safe, supported and mentored environment. All the

schools, teachers, parents and pupils should be rightly proud

of today's effort.

​​12th March, 2016 - Leinster

Aviva Minis Rugby Festival

Newbridge Under 10s were one of the invited teams

that competed in the Leinster Aviva Minis Rugby

Festival in Carlow RFC on Saturday 12th March.

The Under 10s had a great time including meeting 

Ireland and Leinster Sean O'Brien.