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IRB meeting today on development by David Clarke
November 20, 2008, 12:55 pm
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, ELVs, Rugby Coaching, Rugby Team Management | Tags: , ,

The IRB meet annually to discuss the game. This year’s meeting takes place today and is at the Lensbury Club in London. 

The IRB conference is focused on “development”. This list of topics makes for interesting reading:

  • The effect on the Participation by the Game going open (professional) in 1995 
  • Union strategies used in developing mass participation of the Game
  • Two aspects of development: Growth in participation versus Developing quality participation
  • Should there be a consistent set of Pathway Laws and at what age should IRB Laws be global?
  • The age when a player becomes eligible to play senior Rugby
  • The ideal age for players to commence contact elements of the game (e.g. scrums) and competitive matches
  • The effect the Experimental Law Variations have had on the participation level of the Game
  • What are the arguments for the development of Laws for High Performance/Performance Rugby separately to that of the participation level of the Game?
  • The most effective and consistent way to determine player numbers
  • Key health and safety issues for the participation level of the Game
  • What are the benefits of weight versus age pathways?
  • The inclusion of Rugby Sevens in the Olympics and participation
  • What role should the IRB perform in the areas outlined above?
  • At what age should age grade players be allowed to play professional rugby, and what criteria should be used to determine this entry?

    Mark Egan, the IRB’s Head of Performance and Development is leading the forum.

    “This forum will explore and debate a broad range of issues and challenges faced by the Unions on the ground. Ultimately, the participants are the practitioners, the people at the coalface of development; the people who help Rugby grow all over the world.”

    “Blueprints will emerge from the debate and some optimal forms of action will be identified. In addition there will be seminars on legal and judicial matters, the Laws of the Game and Playing Regulations, on playing surfaces and clothing, on tournaments and competitions, on training and education, medical as well as development funding.”


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