The contribution that the schools have made to Irish Rugby, its development and progress, has been absolutley vital to the game in this country.
Successive generations of dedicated teachers, religious and lay, have sustained the game in the schools with a long and distinguished tradition.
More schools are playing the game than at any time.
The Schools Cup competitions, run under the auspices of the four Provincial Branches have long been part of the fabric of rugby life.
Indeed the first competitive rugby in Ireland was the Ulster School Senior Cup in 1876. Leinster inaugurated their Schools Cup in 1887, Munster followed in 1909 and Connacht in 1913.
FIRA/AER U18 Championship
The Ireland U-18 Schools qualified for the 2011 tournament in France. Click here for tournament details.
Schools Rugby Links
The IRFU provides a number of online resources for young players, teachers and coaches interested in rugby.
Child Welfare - The welfare of children playing rugby in schools and clubs is of paramount importance. We have detailed guidlines on providing a safe and fun environment for rugby.
PLAY RUGBY - Use our Play Rugby website with video, downloads, games and advice if you are starting a rugby programme in your primary school.
Eat 2 Compete - Nutrition advice and healty eating tips for young players.
All of the above policies and programmes are informed by the IRFU Long Term Player Development