Head coach Mike Ruddock has made three personnel changes and one position switch to the PwC-sponsored Ireland Under-20 team to face France in Tarbes on Friday night (kick-off 8.55pm local time/7.55pm Irish time).
The content provided is divided into two sections as follows:
1. The Young Player section seeks to provide information about developing the fitness required for Rugby appropriate to the Young player. It very important to recognise the particular needs of the young player. The young player is not a mini-adult. While the young player's needs will vary from player to player, it is clear that teenagers nowadays are less physically active than their parents were two decades ago. This is readily seen in the disappearance of informal play from the lifestyle of the young player. The impact of this reduced activity in our youth poses a challenge to all of us. Therefore, it is particularly important that we expose our younger players to training methods that emphasise skill and motor fitness as opposed to intense heavy training regimes.
2. The second section will include General articles on Fitness covering fitness training, fitness testing, diet and nutrition, recovery strategies and other topics related to Fitness devlopment. The content in this particular section will be suitable for the general public and the senior player.