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75 Young Players Attend IRFU High Performance Centre

Martin Kennedy, National Talent Programme S&C Coach

Seventy-five young players from U17 to Academy level attended the IRFU High Performance Centre last week.

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The National Talent Squad helps to identify and support players and integrate them into provincial and international squads as they develop.

Players from all four provincial sides were assessed and benchmarked in areas such as mobility, power and endurance as all four Provincial set ups and the IRFU pooled their knowledge on player development.

In recent weeks the Ireland Men’s and Women’s squads have trained at the High-Performance Centre while the IRFU Sevens squads are based there permanently.

Speaking about the day Martin Kennedy, S&C Coach with the National Talent Programme, said

It’s really important to look at how well the players are moving; how stable they are, how mobile and how flexible they are. Then we move into more performance type tests to get a sense of their power, speed, strength and endurance.

Everyone is coming in and testing together so there’s a real competitive edge to the day. We have fantastic support from the provincial teams. Everyone is coming together for the greater good and we get a real insight into where the players are at in their development.