Thursday 23rd November, 2017 - Mini Rugby Update

As of now all Minis (Boys & Girls) from Under 7 to Under 12 are at home in Rosetown this Saturday morning, 25th November. Under 8s, 10s, 11s and 12s are due to play against Edenderry RFC. Under 7s and 9s are due to train. All players to be in the Club for 10.00am.

Note :- Because of uncertainties regarding weather conditions the above arrangement maybe subject to change. Please track Newbridge Rugby's Facebook page for updates and weather alerts which may affect the Minis programme.

Saturday 23rd December, 2017 - Mini Rugby Update - Minis Magic

Minis Magic - Saturday 23rd December was a morning of festive fun and frolics in Rosetown for many of Newbridge's Minis. Well done again to all who organised, supported and took part in this annual Fun Fest.

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Monday 21st August, 2017 - Minis Summer Rugby Camp - Rosetown

In Rosetown, starting next Monday 21st August, Newbridge RFC will be holding a Summer Rugby Camp for Girls and Boys aged between 6 and 12 years. RUGBYCAMPS.IE will run the camp again this year from Monday 21st to Friday 25th August. The link for info/registration and payment is https://www.eventbrite.com/e/newbridge-rfc-minis-summer-camp-tickets-34233583570?aff=eac2
This event always provides a fun week for the kids and feedback from last year has been very good.

Sunday 28th January, 2018 - Minis Rugby Update

A big thank you to Co Carlow RFC for hosting on Saturday 27th January, at very short notice, Newbridge Minis for their hastily rearranged fixture after the cancellation with Portlaoise due to pitch conditions. Thanks also to all of our players and to their parents for supporting yesterdays "Road Trip". Well done to Newbridge squads and coaches on a super effort on Saturday. Pictured below are Newbridge's Super7s who had a great time in Carlow and who are really developing as the season progresses.

Saturday 1st April, 2017 - Newbridge U9s Enjoy Trip to Aviva

Newbridge Under 9s, together with coaches,

parents and supporters, travelled up to the Aviva

Stadium in Dublin to attend the Leinster v Wasps

ERCC Quarter Final on 1st April as part of the

One Province initiative. With a party size of about

80 this was a great occasion made more so by

both victories for Leinster and for the mighty

Newbridge Girls, who won their half time match

against Kilkenny.



Friday 6th April, 2018 - Mini Rugby Update 6th April

​Arrangements for Saturday 7th April :-

   * Under 6s & 7s - No Rugby >>> Season Over
   * Under 8s - Away to Blessington RFC at 10.00am >>> Last Match
   * Under 9s - Away to Blessington RFC 10.00am
   * Under 10s - Away at Athy RFC for Blitz
   * Under 11s - Away at Garryowen FC for Blitz

                         >>> Bus leaves at 7.30am Sharp
   * Under 12s - Training in Rosetown at 10.00am Sharp

Friday 21st April, 2017 - Minis UpdatE

Newbridge Under 12s had their final training session in Rosetown on Wednesday evening, 19th April. The session concluded with the team's medal presentation by our Club President Dave Ashe. Many Parents were present as were the team's four coaches, Aidan Feighan, Noel Brannigan, Enda Bohan and Jason Popplewell. Well done to all involved with this season's Under 12s. Their final match ot the season is away to Tullamore this Saturday 22nd April.

Minis News

May 2017 - 2016/17 Season Review - Under 11s

Newbridge Under 11s played both home and away matches from September to April against clubs in the North Midland Area. They also branched out to play teams representing Lansdowne, Garryowen, Edenderry and Roscrea. The season was a great success for the squad of about 25 and it is fair to say that the development of all our players was excellent. Regardless of ability, they all worked hard to improve themselves with the team dynamic, as it developed, helping the individual player improvement. Even implementing a policy of non-streaming the Under 11s won 80% of their games. The coaches are particularly proud of the success of non-streaming. It is also worth highlighting that not a single disciplinary incident happened all season which we think has much to do with our players being too busy playing good rugby !!
 
The Under 11's final game was in Garryowen where we won 3 from 4 game. Thanks to Colm Moran, a former player with Old Kilcullen RFC, we were allowed access to all areas on a tour of Thomond Park. Dressing rooms and pitch access were the highlight of a wonderful day or maybe it was Supermacs !!

Well done to all our players - Oran, Jack Morrin, Jack D, Jack Martin, Thomas, Robert, Daniel C, Daniel B, Adam, James, Gavin, Michael, Dermot, Ben, Eddie, Niall, Senan, Tom J, Tom S, Joe, Jamie, Eoghan, Mark, Odhran, Dermot C, Rowan and Conor

Thanks
to Ivan O'Connor, Paul Deegan, Jim Cox and Martin Connolly for giving of their time during the challenging winter months. Also the support and active involvement from parents and other family member and friends is much appreciated. IT WAS OUR PLEASURE TO COACH THE NEWBRIDGE UNDER 11s AND WE HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE SEASON AS MUCH AS WE DID !!  SEE YE ALL IN SEPTEMBER.


Submitted by Rossa O'Donnell (on behalf of Under 11 Coaches)

2016/17 Season Review - Under 7s

Newbridge Under 7s commenced in September 2016 and played rugby up to late March 2017. The focus from September to December was fundamental movement skills, rugby specific skills such as passing and catching, and the development of basic game awareness. From January to late March the focus changed to game play, enhanced game awareness and team play. The general rugby competence of the Under 7s was on a par with the clubs we played against in the second half of the season. Importantly the group, whilst developing basic skills and game knowledge, had much enjoyment from their first experience of organised rugby. This will stand to them in future years.

We had about 25 players in the Under 7 group, mainly boys. However, there was significantly reduced attendance when the group had to travel to away matches. Coach Neil Taylor was assisted by a number of parents including Paul Archbold, Senan Clandillon, Alastair DeBeer and Graham Ross. Senan completed the Mini Coaching Course conducted in Newbridge RFC.

All players, with parental involvement, are encouraged to remain actively engaged in other sports during the Summer in readiness for the new rugby season in September.

The support and active involvement from parents and other family member and friends is much appreciated. There are many and varied tasks that are required to be done in your rugby club.


Submitted by Neil Taylor, CCRO (on behalf of Under 7 Coaches)


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May, 2017 - 2016/17 Season Review - Under 10s

Newbridge Under 10s enjoyed a very full, active and enjoyable season playing matches against 9 different clubs, both home and away. In total, the squad of 33 players, competed in 118 matches. 

Through both the training sessions and matches all players demonstrated big improvements in their skill levels. In particular, there were huge all round improvements from Jack (Ryan), Christopher (Ayerst), James (Hayde), Daniel (Gaffney), Robbie (Callaghan), Saul (Brennan), Jack (Lawlor), Robbie (Kane), Brevin (Sourke), Cathal (Cooney), Alex (Stafford), Aidan (Cooke), Rafaels (Rubulis), JJ (Lacey) and Killian. First tries were recorded for William (Burke), Sam (Gaynor), Tommy (Finn), Sean (Brennan), Airidas and Dariyus. Also “Big Tackles” were noted from Geordan (Kennedy), Joshua (O’Keeffe) and Niall (Mulvey). 

Many players demonstrated “Great Attitude and Team Spirit” notably from Finn (Keogh), Thomas (Daly), Rory (Taylor), Ben (Connors), Jamie (Bohan), Rhys (Byrne), Jack (Fogarty), Brian (McCarthy) and Adam (Kennedy). Cathal (Cooney), Airidas and Dariyus (Peveraitis) had the most untied bootlaces, whilst Geordan and Rory topped the table for bloody noses!! 

The support from the parents and families, particularly towards the end of the season was greatly appreciated. The players really enjoy playing in front of a noisy touchline! A great season was finished off with a real fun day out to the Aviva! Well done to all the players!

Finally, thanks to all the coaches, parents and families who helped out over the course of the season with the many and varied tasks that were required.


Submitted by Stephen Kennedy (on behalf of Under 10 Coaches)

Tuesaday 13th February, 2018 - Minis Update

The current plan, subject to weather and pitch conditions, is for Newbridge Mini Boys to host in Rosetown North Kildare RFC on Saturday 17th February. Later in the week there will be further details sent by group messaging and posted on the Newbridge Facebook page.


On Saturday 10th February Newbridge Mini Boys Under 7s, Under 8s and Under 9s welcomed Blessing RFC to Rosetown for the first time ever. All of our visitors, players, coaches and parents thoroughly enjoyed the occasion.The Under 8s and Under 9s played 'Bog Rugby' on the grass pitches but this had little impact on the skill, speed and swagger of all the young players on show. Well done to all. Newbridge Under 8s and 9s are now looking forward to a return fixture in Russborough House in the near future. Meanwhile the Under 7s were playing 'Beach Rugby' in the sun, in the sandpit, in Rosetown.Thanks to David, Senan, Brian and all the assistant coaches for giving the boys and girls a super time.


Newbridge Mini Boys Under 10s, Under 11s and Under 12s were away to Portlaoise RFC on Saturday morning, 10th February. 

Tuesday 11th April, 2017 - Minis Update

Newbridge Under 11s & Under 12s travelled to Limerick last Saturday, 8th April. First stop was Garryowen RFC were matches were played against the home sides. Both clubs played great rugby and had a very enjoyable time. Then it was off to Thomond Park for a tour of the ground. All in all a great experience for all involved. Thanks to the organisers, coaches and parents for a great day out.

Also on Saturday 8th April the Under 10s travelled to Dublin for an Aviva Stadium Tour. Another great experience for all attending. Thanks again to the organisers, coaches and parent. Below are photographs of the Under 11s & Under 12s trip.

May 2017 - 2016/17 Season Review - Under 7s

Newbridge Under 7s commenced in September 2016 and played rugby up to late March 2017. The focus from September to December was fundamental movement skills, rugby specific skills such as passing and catching, and the development of basic game awareness. From January to late March the focus changed to game play, enhanced game awareness and team play. The general rugby competence of the Under 7s was on a par with the clubs we played against in the second half of the season. Importantly the group, whilst developing basic skills and game knowledge, had much enjoyment from their first experience of organised rugby. This will stand to them in future years.

We had about 25 players in the Under 7 group, mainly boys. However, there was significantly reduced attendance when the group had to travel to away matches. Coach Neil Taylor was assisted by a number of parents including Paul Archbold, Senan Clandillon, Alastair DeBeer and Graham Ross. Senan completed the Mini Coaching Course conducted in Newbridge RFC.

All players, with parental involvement, are encouraged to remain actively engaged in other sports during the Summer in readiness for the new rugby season in September. The support and active involvement from parents and other family member and friends is much appreciated. There are many and varied tasks that are required to be done in your rugby club.


Submitted by Neil Taylor, CCRO (on behalf of Under 7 Coaches)

Thursday 22nd March, 2018 - Under 12s Update

​The coaching team have organised a number of additional exciting fixtures for Newbridge's Under 12s. These fixtures will provide our Under 12 players with new opposition. Newbridge will be on the road a lot. The coaches hugely appreciate the continuing support of the parents as they feel it will be a great way to wrap up a weather blighted season.

  • Sunday 25th March 2018 – Cashel RFC    Blitz    AWAY
  • Saturday 31st March 2018 – Clonmel RFC    AWAY
  • Sunday 15th April 2018 – Kilkenny RFC    Blitz    AWAY
  • Saturday 21st April 2018 – Tullamore RFC    Blitz    AWAY

As always these fixtures may change so watch for further information.

May, 2017 - 2016/17 Season Review - Under 12s

 'Everybody Works, Nobody Rests'. This has been the mantra of the current Newbridge RFC Under 12s since they were Under 9s, and for the 2016/17 season this team mantra has never been truer. This is a squad that is greater than the sum of their considerable parts through a great combination of work ethic, team play, skill, intelligence and heart. Season on season the team's coaches have always remarked how skills and interplay, both individual and team, have progressed. This season is no different. From the smallest to the largest, all of our Under 12 players have demonstrated a huge appetite for the open and attacking style of rugby that they have a reputation for not only in Newbridge but also amongst a lot of the clubs we play against. More importantly from a coaching and development perspective this team is also notable for the hard, unseen (not unseen by coaches) work in attack and defence that is necessary to enable this more visible, open style of rugby. 

The changing of the pitch dimensions to a shorter but wider pitch did cause temporary consternation for a session or two, but the squad got on with it and soon found the extra space available was suited to our attacking style and quickly exploited this. Now there would be consternation if we had to switch back.

Like any team, we've had some blips along the way - most notably when Portlaoise ran up some scores against us earlier in the season at Rosetown. The reaction to a setback or disappointment tells you a lot about the character of a playing group. We had a talk with the players immediately after these matches and we all agreed and made ourselves a promise that we would never let this happen again or feel this badly again. In true fashion for this group that is exactly what the squad did and we went from strength to strength, including travelling down to Portlaoise later in the season and beating them. 

Regardless of whether we win or lose, the true spirit of rugby is alive and kicking in this squad. They give everything to the Newbridge cause. They are ferocious in attack and defence. They are loyal to each other and look out for each other. They win and lose together with grace and dignity. Newbridge, Leinster and indeed Irish rugby is in safe hands with teams like Newbridge Under 12s coming through. They are a credit to the club and to their families. We are very proud of them. 

 Next season as Under 13s, the 15 aside and full pitch format will test the squad in different ways. We already know there will much more running involved and running at pace for longer periods and distances. Fitness will be a much bigger factor than it is in Mini rugby. We encourage the players and their parents to maintain and improve their fitness levels through the summer. Playing other sports is a great way of doing that and developing other skills but regular exercise is the key - walk the dog, cycle or walk instead of getting a lift, head up to the green in the estate for pick-up games of football and soccer. Less Playstation and more Play! Enjoy the rugby off-season and we look forward to seeing you all back in Rosetown at the end of the summer. 


Submitted by Aidan Feighan (on behalf of Under 12 Coaches)

Saturday 6th January, 2018 -

Under 12s Enjoy RDS Experience

On Saturday 6th January 2018 Newbridge RFC Under 12s played against Terenure RFC during the half time interval of the Leinster versus Ulster Pro 14 match in the RDS. 18 players got a game and they did not let the cameras or the crowd affect the fantastic standard of rugby they exhibited! They all played superbly, tackling and moving the ball to the appreciation of a large and enthusiastic crowd. Parents and family came along and helped to fill a double decker bus from the club. Highlights included photographs with Rob Kearney and Isa Nacewa, not to mention a “team lap of honour” of the RDS pitch followed by a full-scale assault on the Eddie Rockets burger van. Particular mention is due to the lads and their parents who did not get a game but came along anyway. Thanks is due to all the kids and their coaches who represented the Newbridge RFC so well in front of so many people. 

Thursday 16th November, 2017 - Mini Rugby Update

Athy Girls Under 10 and 12 plus Athy Boys Under 9,10,11 and 12 teams visit Rosetown and play against Newbridge Minis this Saturday 18th November. Please be at the Club at 10.00am. Matches start at 10.30am sharp.
Newbridge Under 7s and 8s
will train at the Kilcullen Community Centre Astro pitch which is located behind the Cross & Passion School. Drop off from 9.45am. Finished at 10.45am. These timings facilitate drop and collection from both locations, for families with multiple children playing within the minis section. These arrangments will also reduce car parking congestion and increase available pitch space at the club. For the astro pitches:- runners, astro trainers or boots will do.

Wednesday 25th March, 2017

- Minis Update

Last Saturday 25th March Newbridge Minis travelled to Clane RFC. For

Newbridge Under 7s it was their final game of the season: Pictured below,

after their final game, are the Newbridge Under 7 panel. At Clane all their

hard work paid off and, along with the home side, both groups of players

produced a feast of running rugby, coupled with passing and support play of

the highest standard. Well done to them all. The club look forward to seeing

all of the Newbridge players back in September following a fun filled summer

stuffed with sport, play and movement.

Thursday 22nd March, 2018 - Mini Rugby Update

​The Under 7s, 8s, 9s, 10s and 11s are away to Clane on Saturday morning, 24th March. Please be at Clane RFC for 10.00am. Matches will start sharp at 10.30am. The Under 12s have an away Blitz at Cashel RFC on Sunday 25th March - see separate news item.

Saturday 19th March , 2017 - Minis Update

Newbridge Under 11s Minis played Mullingar RFC on Saturday 18th March in Rosetown - see photos below. Up next for Newbridge Minis is Clane RFC AWAY next Saturday 25th March.