Expressions of interest are now being invited for the IRFU’s Performance Coaching Course for 2021.

The Performance Coach Course is for Head and Assistant Coaches working with advanced teams, with higher technical competencies and understanding of the game.

The course develops the principles of play through functional role analysis of the identities of rugby.

At the end of the course, the coach is expected to develop individual players’ abilities to undertake and adjust their specific roles in a changing environment within each of the identities of rugby.

Sport specific and generic modules are examined at a more advanced level, together with the introduction of modules which develop the coaches’ ability to understand interpersonal relationships, team dynamics in conjunction with increasing the players’ tactical appreciation.

Download IRFU 2021 Performance Coaching Course – Expression Of Interest Form

Entry Criteria:

  • Head or Assistant Coach position (actively coaching at an appropriate level – Stage 4)
  • Stage 3 or Senior Coach accreditation
  • Assimilated – Proven senior/professional rugby playing or coaching experience
    *Priority will be given to Coaches working at the higher levels

Numbers Per Course:

50 maximum/15 minimum


  • Full course attendance (1 weekend)
  • Additional requirements will be confirmed on the course