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Day 29 of August pre season training tips: countdown to first game by David Clarke
September 1, 2010, 7:42 am
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Coaching, Rugby Team Management, top tips | Tags: , ,

August 29

Countdown to the first game

Here are five key moments to get right before your first game.

1. Kit! Make sure everyone is correctly dressed to go onto the field. In the last minute nerves, kit issues will derail players concentration. Look smart, play smart.
2. Plan for first five minutes of the game. If you are kicking off, where will it go, how will you deal with the consequences of what the opposition might do to you. And the same if they kick off to you.
3. Focus on the present and not the future. Don’t make the result of this game a cornerstone of the season. Remove the tension by focusing on the processes, such as lineouts, set pieces and defence.
4. Hydrate yourself. You must be on top of your powers to guide the team. You should not neglect your own energy systems.
5. Remind yourself why your enjoy rugby and then try to give some of that feeling into how you prepare for the last moments of the game.

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