While the majority of the Camp was taken up with skills/techniques sessions, the players also undertook a full battery of fitness tests. Talks on â00The Prevention of Injuries (Neil Boyd), â00Sport Psychology for the Young Playerâ00 (Mark Pink), and â00Rugby & Educationâ00 (John Hunter) were included in the programme. The latter was aimed at making our young players focus on their lifestyle (university, etc.) as part of their rugby development â00 in line with IRFU thinking â00 and it was good again to see the large number of parents who availed themselves of the opportunity to attend this particular session.
The coaching team was headed up, as usual, by Exilesâ00 Head Coach Peter Halsall, supported by fellow Exiles Kevan Bell, Andrew Browne, Brian Farrell, Henry Diamond, Danny Lyons, and Simon Mason, with the much appreciated support of the IRFU through the coaching inputs from National Skills Coach Brian McLaughlin and Munster Branch Elite Player Development Manager Ken Oâ00Connell. The breadth of knowledge on the coaching team meant that every technical aspect â00 from scrummaging to kicking, for example â00 was covered by a â00specialistâ00.
It is also appropriate to give public appreciation of our physiotherapist Neil Boyd, our medical officer Dr. Tim Brown, and our sport sciencesâ00 support team led by Lisa Griffiths â00 all combining with the afore-mentioned to give the best display of team-work we have seen yet at a Camp.
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