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Rugby preseason might need a new approach by David Clarke
July 16, 2009, 3:03 pm
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Coaching | Tags: ,

In Europe, coaches are focusing on their preseason programmes. In the Southern Hemisphere, many teams are mid season. The rugby season never closes around the world (or perhaps even sleeps!)

One idea that has started making the rounds is that preseason training should cover less and focus on individual rather than team needs. Therefore a 90 minute session might have lots of different sessions going on with say some players working on sprinting, others on aerobic fitness, maybe some on passing.

This makes sense in some ways, because some teams never get everyone together for preseason because of holidays and other commitments. The onus on the coach is to identify these weaknesses with the players and devise methods of coaching it.

Much easier if you have a team of coaches of course, but there is an opportunity to use peer coaching which gives the added the benefits of empowerment.

A hybrid solution would be to do both, with half the session having a team, the rest of the time spent on individual needs.

Better Rugby Coaching


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