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New IRB coaching website by David Clarke
January 28, 2009, 11:27 am
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Coaching, Rugby News

I have just got off the phone to Simon Jones, the editor of the IRB coaching website and a good friend of mine. We have done a number of coaching things together, but I have known him from my days at Bath Rugby back in the early 90s.

He has been heavily involved in the launch of, the improved support resource for new coaches. Along with Mark Harrington, the IRB training manager, he has been part of the revolution at the game’s governing body to bring more coaches into line with safer and better rugby learning. Mark in particular has created a huge number of educators in different parts of the world who can support and nuture coaches.

Those of us who operate in the UK, Sanzar or North American countries are lucky to be under the umbrella of well resourced coaching departments. Mark has rolled out an education programme that means many of the less developed rugby nations have access to this sort of support, something badly lacking less than a decade ago.

The new website complements the RugbyReady site, part of the successful initiative to reduce injuries and retain players. The results are in line with the Australian and New Zealand Smart Rugby and Rugby Smart schemes.

The coaching site underpins how to coach and what to coach, and is primarily aimed at new coaches coaching children. However the principles remain the same for all coaches.


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