10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland's John Lacey will referee his first ever RBS 6 Nations match in February, while Alain Rolland is also included in the Elite Panel in what is his last season.
"I have first-hand experience of the professionalism of our medical experts, and this course, which was developed by those experts, will give club and schools rugby volunteers confidence to deal with injuries, should they arise."
IRFU SAFE Rugby's Shane Mooney commented: "While serious injury is rare there is a need for those involved in rugby, at any level, to have on-going and updated training which provides them with the knowledge and skills to react to and manage emergencies such as head injuries, fractures and dislocations, common medical emergencies and concussion.
"Many clubs and schools have defibrillators, but they are of limited use in an emergency if they are not easily accessible, properly charged and are used by people who have received training.
"Thankfully clubs understand the importance of having the best education and training should they be required to assist with an injury."
Cian de Buitléar from An Ghaeltacht Rugby Club, added: "We were delighted to join the Ireland squad and very pleased that the SAFE rugby course will give us the education and confidence to deal with serious injuries.
"All sports have inherent risks, and while injury is rare I think players and their parents will be delighted to know that clubs are focused on SAFE rugby."