23 May, 16:14
A Munster Under 17 combined selection of players from the Regional Development Squad and Munster 'B' Schools recently attended a 11 a-side blitz at Cork Institute of Technology grounds.
He spoke on the behaviours and lifestyle changes players have to make going from club/school level to full time representative rugby and focused on the resilience and mental toughness required to compete at the highest level.
Stressing on the importance of education, Rob Penney advised players to hold academic aspirations as well as social friendships to develop themselves as well-rounded individuals.
Penny stated that to achieve rugby success, players must always have a strong inner self-belief in their own abilities while constantly striving to improve on their game technically (skills) and tactfully (game appreciation).
The Munster Rugby Talent Camps will finish today following five weeks of intense training programmes. All players (U20, U19, U18 clubs and U18 schools) will undergo a series of pre interpro friendly match ahead of the series commencing this September.
Rob Penney (far Left) pictured with Munster Rugby interpro players and coaches at Rockwell College
John Ed O'Connor (U18 Clubs Assistant Coach), Mark Butler (U18 Schools Backs Coach), Colm McMahon (U18 Schools Forwards Coach), Greig Oliver (U20 Head Coach), Rob Penney, Peter Malone (Elite Player Development Manager), Joe McGinley (U20 Strength and Conditioning Coach) and Niall McDermott (U18 Schools Head Coach).