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RFU Podcast - Lancaster reveals England's hi-tech training aids

17 September 2009

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Stuart Lancaster (R) trains with the England Saxons

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RFU Head of Elite Player development Stuart Lancaster revealed to the Podcast that England are using satellite technology to measure and improve the effectivness of the England rugby team's training.

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Lancaster discussed England's use of cutting edge sports science practices as the RFU podcast went behind the scenes with the Elite Rugby Department to discover the latest techincal innovations at Twickenham.

Lancaster said: "We have got to raise the bar with things like GPS (Global Positioning Systems).

"With player tracking you get a small monitor which sits in a harness on your back and it tracks the movements you would make in a training session. So from a coaching point of view what you get is real life feedback on the intensity of a session, the distance and the speed which a player runs and it allows you to see whether they are doing too much or too little.

"We want to be world leaders and if we do that the output will be better players who play better for Guinness Premiership clubs and ultimately better internationally, so it's important that we keep at the forefront of sports science."

Also on this week's podcast, England Manager Martin Johnson discusses filling the shirts vacated by the injured Delon Armitage and Riki Flutey, while Rob Andrew explains the RFU's programme to develop better athletes from a younger age, a system which has already produced the likes of Jordan Turner-Hall, Noah Cato and Courtney Lawes.

Mark Mapletoft talks about the influence of mental skills coach Matt Thombs on his Under-20s side which have reached successive Junior World Championship finals, and Jason Leonard salutes the facilities at Sudbury RFC's new £1.5 million Whittome Field clubhouse in Suffolk.