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PODCAST – Finding England's next champions

03 March 2011

  • Stuart Lancaster and Corin Palmer react rugby's latest development programme 
  • Goode and Chuter look ahead to an Aviva Premiership weekend
The England U20 team lines up

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England are benefiting from the rapid progress young players are making through the academy and age group international programmes.

Increasing the volume of talent available to the Aviva Premiership clubs and England teams is the objective of the Elite Player Development Strategy launched by the RFU and Premiership Rugby this week.

The RFU Podcast spoke to Stuart Lancaster, the RFU's Head of Elite Player Development, Corin Palmer, Premiership Rugby's Head of Academies and Development, and Harlequins Academy Director Tony Diprose.

"It's really important we have a joint approach to elite player development and in the long term it will benefit Premiership clubs and England teams," Lancaster told the RFU Podcast.

"My role is to make sure we have a pipeline of talent coming through way beyond the 2015 Rugby World Cup and we're heading in the right direction."

Palmer added: "We have a bespoke programme so we're looking at an individual approach to their [the players'] development, whether that's physical, technical, tactical or mental or looking at their lifestyle, we give them clear objectives underpinned by a competitive playing programme."

For the full interviews download the March 03, 2011 podcast by right clicking on the link and selecting 'save as'. Or subscribe via iTunes by pasting the following url into the subscribe page

Also on this week's podcast:

  • Alex Corbisiero – After winning his second cap in the RBS 6 Nations against France, the young London Irish prop pays tribute to the people who prepared him for international rugby
  • Ben Youngs – There's much more to come from me and England, insists the Leicester Tigers scrum half
  • Martin Johnson – The team manager on how England negotiated a very different challenge against Les Bleus
  • Ben Foden – We'll have to be at our best when Scotland come to Twickenham, says the Northampton Saints full back
  • Jeb Sinclair – The Rugby Canada star believes his side can take another step forward following the announcement that this year's Churchill Cup will be staged in England
  • George Chuter – The Leicester Tigers hooker previews this weekend's Aviva Premiership showdown against Saracens
  • Alex Goode – On how a strong and evolving Saracens side are in a 'good place' ahead of their trip to Welford Road

The RFU Podcast takes you inside English rugby from the grassroots to the elite.