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Rugby selection processes are random by David Clarke

Yesterday I was involved in the start of the selection process for the Osprey Under 16 squad for the season of 2009/10.

It is not actually the start because the wider process has been going on for months. Players have gone through “district” trials and systems, come to training evenings and days and filled in forms to tell us their position, favourite players and all sorts of other things.

They will play in a trial in week or so’s time where approximately 90 boys will be whittled down to about 50 or so and then eventually by the end of July about 30. All the coaching staff have had quite a lot of contact time with the boys and though many of the names to faces are not there, we certainly know the faces.

The first rugby trial will confirm many things and perhaps add some others. The game will be videoed and the group of 50 (the number is not exact because we would prefer to include than exclude) will be chosen by a large group of coaches who have watched the games or coached the boys at district level.

This new group will train for about two months, followed by some more trial games, where the final squad will be chosen.

I would think that few players would slip through the net. Of course there are some injuries along the way. The length of the process should get around this.

Pretty comprehensive.

And then I listen to Ryan Jones, Wales captain and probably a Lions tourist this summer talking to some Under 13s at a Easter training camp. “I didn’t start playing until I was over 16” he says.

Should we bother then?

Better Rugby Coaching


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