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Academy managers learn new tricks

26 November 2002

The second Academy Managers Rugby Day took place at the Leeds Rugby Academy in Kirkstall on Thursday 21st November.
In attendance were the Academy Managers from all the 14 regional academies, David Shaw, the Director of the RFU Academies, and Brian Ashton, the National Academy Manager.
The object of the gathering is to provide a forum for the managers to discuss any common problems or ideas, but also to look in some detail from a technical/tactical point of view at the game of rugby union.
Last week the presentation was made by Stuart Wilkinson, the Performance Manager of rugby league outfit Leeds Rhinos, and the theme was ways of breaking down organised defences. Following a video presentation featuring clips of the Leeds Rhinos academy side, Wilkinson gave a talk outlining the principles of offensive play.
"It was excellent, really refreshing," said Ashton, "to see the sort of ideas he was putting forward on attacking play. It wasn't complicated, and he demonstrated practically, and by use of video, how effective attacks can be if players are technically competent and can operate at pace. For me that's the message that's got to go out to all coaches at all levels. Players have got to be competent in the technical areas of the game if they're going to operate."
After the success of the two days so far, future days are already planned at Newcastle, Worcester and London Irish, with Andy Robinson lined up for the session at Worcester and Brian Ashton at Newcastle.