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Video | Munster Pathway Coach Development Day

3rd December 2021 By The Editor

Video | Munster Pathway Coach Development Day

Academy manager Ian Costello and Elite Player Development Officer Andy Kyriacou ©INPHO

Munster Rugby held two Pathway Coach Development Days last month at the province’s High Performance Centre (HPC) at the University of Limerick.

These sessions saw over 20 coaches who are involved in both men’s and women’s Munster representative sides at the different age-grades, invited to the HPC for a day of learning, knowledge sharing and collaboration.

The development days consisted of presentations by Munster Rugby Academy Manager Ian Costello in addition to training observation and subsequent question and answers sessions.

“We’re looking for opportunities in the season to have coach development days to align our whole pathway,” Costello explained.

Munster Rugby Academy Manager Ian Costello during one of the Pathway Coach Development Days

“Just to make sure we have that collaboration the whole way from top to bottom and it’s something that’s a real focus that if we’re going to be successful at underage – 17s, 18s, 19s, 20s – then we need to be really connected up in what we do.

“There’s a lot of work in that and the last two Mondays were just a really positive exercise in inviting people in and exposing them to what we do in terms of reviews, execution of sessions and previews.”

Rugby Development Officer Gerry Casey added:

“They’re getting our input into what we see as well which is great, to be able to give our side of what we’re seeing. Then we’ll come out, watch a session.

“Today is all about phase-play, ball carry and you can take something from everything, there’s loads that we will be able to implement into our pathway system and the players that we are dealing with as well.

“It really is a fantastic initiative.”

Video | Munster Pathway Coach Development Day

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