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International Rugby Coaching contributors move up the international coaching pathway by David Clarke

Congratulations to seven International Rugby Coaching contributors on their appointments within 2010/11 Welsh International Pathway teams.

In this line up there are six current writers in the list, plus Rob Appleyard coming up in the next few months!

Stars against contributors

Wales U18:
Manager – Gethin Watts *
Head Coach – Gruff Rees *
Assistant Coach Forwards – Dale McIntosh *

Wales U20:
Manager – Mark Taylor
Head coach – Darren Edwards * Dragons
Assistant Coach – Richard Webster

Manager – David Jenkins
Head Coach – Paul John *

Skills coaching support group:
Gruff Rees *, Paul John * – backs skills; Andrew Millward * – front five; Rob Appleyard *– defence.

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Recovery is the coach’s most crucial role by David Clarke

Many domestic and national competitions came to an end in the last few weeks.

No side can say they were able to be field their best side every week, and it would interesting to know if any teams at the top level were able to field their strongest side on any occasion.

Coaches are now looking closely at how they can keep their players going for longer. Recovery is one place where there is an accelerated interest and concentration. Players will be coming off the field with bumps and strains. How quickly these can be turned around will be crucial to get players training and playing again.

What is your team’s recovery strategy post match?

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New warm up drill video by David Clarke

Rugby IQ has some great videos for rugby training. Here is a really good one on agility and support play.

There have been devised by the guys at Rugby IQ who include the Springbok assistant coach Gary Gold. He writes in this month’s International Rugby Technical Journal.

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How to lose a game of rugby by David Clarke

By rights, the South African second string team should have beaten the Leicester second string team.

We can argue about the exact mix in each side, but neither team was the strongest available. So one might expect the international team to prevail. Yet as any international coach knows, a game where the international team plays a club side is fraught with danger. You are expected to win and anything other than a demolition of the other team is seen as a failure.

On the other hand, having spent a good deal of time talking to Gary Gold, the Springbok assistant coach, in recent weeks, you are also very wary of the fickle nature of the game.

Gary, who coached at London Irish in the early 2000s, is a realist. He will have known that the Leicester players will have sniffed an upset. Interestingly the game was won and lost up front, where big hearts can sometimes overcome big muscles.

I suspect that the South African coaching group tried their level best to convince their team that the Tigers would do what tigers do best when their backs are against the wall, come out all tooth and claw. It would have been different on the High Veld, but in front of the home supporters, the Leicester team were too determined.

An upset, yes. A complete surprise, no. Munster nearly beat the All Blacks last year and I watched the Osprey second string beat the Aussie a few years ago too.

What Gary would say is that coaching is as much about man management as it is about coaching the technical aspects of the game. Read more in the latest International Rugby Technical Journal, out today.

So you can lose the game because your mindset is not right. And the most frustrating thing is that the players are not always convinced of the magnitude of the task in front them!

Very lucky to train on this by David Clarke
October 19, 2009, 7:33 am
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This is where I am training the Welsh Women squad this weekend.

Unfortunately, though it is to Millenium Stadium specifications, it does alllow in the rain and wind!

Look out for an excellent article on playing surfaces and training areas by editor, Laurence Gale, in this month’s International Rugby Technical Journal.
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Basics for defence by David Clarke

I have just interviewed Craig Leseberg from the ACT Brumbies. We talked about many aspects of the game and in particular defence. One of the areas he said it was essential to work on was tracking.

Here is a video explaining tracking.

More detail on the interview including some excellent insights in individual and team defence coming soon in the International Rugby Technical Journal.

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South Africa produce the best passers by David Clarke

The best passers of the ball in world rugby are South Africa, according to Lynn Evans. The former Oxford University coach and well respected coach educator around the world, says that he thinks the World Cup winners have the best skills.

“They are extremely well drilled and rarely do you see a dropped ball,” he says, speaking in August’s International Rugby Technical Journal.

This example of great handing shows backs and forwards shift the ball quickly across the field before Bobby Skinstad performs a wonderful one handed pass to the openside flanker to race in to score.

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