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Academy Players Put Through Their Paces

Academy Players Put Through Their Paces

The ‘Academy Select’ is a selection of the best Academy players in Ireland. Players nominated by Academy Managers, Elite Player Development Officers and Coaches were originally screened and tested before selection. This elite group recently came together for 3 days at DCU.

The players and parents received a presentation from Allen Clarke, outlining the demands and expectations for the players. They were also introduced to the respective High Performance specialist service providers, who, along with Provincial Academy personnel, will be supporting each player to realise his full potential.

A short video showing the training routines is available here.

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High Performance Fitness Coach – Philip Morrow
High Performance Analysis – George Murray
Performance Nutrition –  Ruth Wood-Martin
Sports Psychology – Chris Lonsdale

The 3 day program included;

• Rugby skills / technique
1. Catch-Run-Pass, delivered by Nigel Carolan – Connacht Academy Manager
2. Continuity, delivered by Colin McEntee – Leinster Academy Manager
3. Tackle technique, delivered by Les Kiss – Ireland Defence Coach
4. Kicking technique, delivered by Mark Tainton – Ireland Kicking Coach
• Fitness testing – functional & physical
• Evasion/ running mechanics
• Positional best practice analysis
• Nutritional assessments and workshop

The players involved were:
Paddy McAllister  
Jamie Hagan
Ruadhri Murphy 
Tommy O’Donnell   
Paul O’Donoghue
Conor Murray 
Ian McKinley  
David Kearney
Chris Cochrane
Kyle Tonetti  
Ian Whitten  
Felix  Jones  
Nevin Spence
Niall Morris