4 Dec, 10:19
Grand Slam winners Fiona Coghlan and Nora Stapelton have returned the Women's RBS 6 Nations trophy to Chief Executive John Feehan at the Six Nations offices in Dublin.
The conference aims are to reinforce aspects of the IRFU Technical Model, promote creative thinking, share experiences and projects between provinces and develop a stronger identity among all Technical staff.
Some of the key topics this year were:
The Rugby Faculty - developing and initiating rugby curriculums and systems in schools and clubs. Feedback and discussions were held around presentations on pilot schemes undertaken in each province.
Rugby Architects - examining the importance of creating the right training environment to facilitate effective performance. Applications to elite player, coach development and team preparation were discussed.
Workshops were also held specifically for Elite Player Development - Colin McEntee, high performance manager; Coach Education - Colin Moran, training manager; and Women's Rugby - Nora Stapleton, Women's and girls development executive.
The final workshop was Developing Effective Communication and was presented by Jonathan Miller, managing director of Insights Ireland, which facilitated the ongoing theme of personal development.
Stephen Aboud summarised the conference, saying: "It's focused on getting everyone together - thinking, talking and developing rugby - it's fun, informative and challenging.
"But the serious side is to improve ourselves so we can provide a higher quality of service in the technical aspects of rugby development."
Stephen Aboud - Head of Technical Direction
High Performance Manager Colin McEntee
Kieran Campbell and James Topping
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