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Game trends conference by David Clarke
April 30, 2010, 12:13 pm
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby, Rugby News

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Game trends on IRB Rugby Conference agenda

 Game trends on IRB Rugby Conference agenda
Leading stakeholders from the international Rugby community, including a number of the world’s top technical directors, coaches, referees and administrators, will gather in Dublin next month for an International Rugby Board Conference on the playing of Rugby.

The May 13-14 Conference and will bring together representatives from the top 20 ranked Member Unions and is the first of its kind since the 2007 Woking Forum which recommended the inclusion of Argentina in an annual international competition.

Delegates will consider the central theme of global playing trends and will present their individual and collective insights into the playing of the Game at both the elite and participation levels as an invaluable part of seeking solutions to identified issues.

The Conference agenda is entirely stakeholder-driven with all 117 of the IRB’s Member Unions having been given the opportunity to contribute via a survey to help identify the main topics for in-depth discussion over the two days.

While Union feedback determined that the Game was generally in good health as Rugby enters an exciting decade of Olympic Games inclusion and three Rugby World Cups, the process identified five key areas for consideration:

• the tackle
• the scrum (collapses and resets)
• excess kicking
• physicality of the Game
• the Law making process

“Rugby is currently enjoying unprecedented growth all around the world, reaching out to new countries, communities and audiences. Yet it is important that within that growth we collectively remain focused on the core values of our sport and ensuring that Rugby is as enjoyable to play, officiate and watch as possible while promoting the best-possible player welfare practices,” said IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset.

“The object of the two-day Conference is to take stock of the Game and holistically consider global playing trends as we embark upon an exciting and pivotal decade for the Sport which includes Rugby Sevens Olympic Games debut in Rio in 2016 and the next three Rugby World Cups.”

“The Conference will provide a forum for leading technical experts and playing representatives from around the world to gather to exchange information, discuss playing and coaching techniques and trends, currency of Law and player welfare considerations. The IRB is delighted to be able to facilitate that dialogue and I would like to thank the Member Unions for their collaboration and input to date. I am sure that it will be a very interesting forum,” added Lapasset.

While the IRB Rugby Conference is not a decision-making forum, any outcomes will be presented to the IRB Rugby Committee for consideration at its October meeting.

The Conference is also a key element of the next four-year cycle of the Law Amendment process that will shape the way that Laws are evaluated, but any experimentation and/or amendment will not take place until after Rugby World Cup 2011.

Principles that also win cups by David Clarke

Of course, any Dad is proud when his son’s team wins a cup. I cannot deny that I had enormously warm feeling inside when my own son and his team triumphed in a recent tournament. Last night was his turn with the cup and he slept with it!

Some of you will know that I will talk about the team in the editor’s letter in Rugby Coach Weekly, or in the bi-weekly emails from Better Rugby Coaching. We have a large squad and a range of abilities and skills. I am blessed with a good coaching team. All of the three main coaches played first class rugby and have teaching backgrounds.

As a coaching team, we have stuck to a strict rotational policy throughout the year for all games. We have won more than we have lost.

In the recent tournament, we stuck to our guns with this policy. Last year we did the same and won 0, drew 2, lost 2. This year we said, because of the limited numbers, selection for the tournament was based on those boys who did not go last year (the parents enjoyed the day more than the boys!), plus the coaches sons (we have got to be there).

Once there, the team was rotated for every game, even the semi-final and finals. Our four best players were not on the field for at least one half of the four halves in these two games. Eventually, we drew in the final and won on the try countback.

For the boys, it was an exciting victory. The coaches, well, we were delighted that we carried this policy through. It won’t always work this well, but at least the boys have had plenty of rugby.

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New ruck laws drill by David Clarke

With the ruck law interpretations favouring the ball team, here is a great drill from the Western Force coaching team to work on ball placement and clearing out.

Look out for top articles from Paddy O’Brien on the rulings, plus Mark Calverley on the “End of the Jackler” in the new International Rugby Coaching magazine.

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Handling drill from New Zealand by David Clarke

A coaching clip featuring top skills coach from New Zealand Dave Ellis. The feature does suggest old school “drill”, but certain plenty of merit because it is easy to set up and involves lots of rugby related movement. Put in defenders (who could be running a similar pattern), to add to the pressure.

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