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RFUW unveil online resource to introduce players to full-contact rugby

17 October 2011

  • Tackling the Transition aimed at young and inexperienced rugby players
  • England international Amy Turner featured on DVD coaching sessions
England's Amy Turner in training

Photo: RFU Archive

The Rugby Football Union for Women has unveiled a new online resource to support the introduction of contact rugby to new players in the game.

Entitled ‘Tackling the Transition’, the online coaching resource will help coaches and teachers bridge the gap between touch and full-contact rugby.

Tackling the Transition, which is available here http://www.rfu.com/TakingPart/Coach/TacklingtheTransition.aspx, and is also available in DVD format, sees Amy Turner, England international and RFU Community Rugby Coach, take players through a series of progressive coaching sessions, covering areas such as warm-up, handling skills, introducing contact into the game and how to scrum safely. Available online also are pdf files to download and take to your coaching sessions.

This exciting resource can also be used for coaches and teachers to implement in any sessions when introducing the contact form of the game to new or inexperienced players, both girls and boys. Tackling the Transition has been produced in conjunction with the RFU’s Coaching Department.

The RFUW’s Head of Development David Rose said: “This resource supports the age band change the RFUW introduced in April this year. It will help to support the development of inexperienced and new players and its progressive format is designed to allow players to advance at a pace that is suitable for their development as well as providing an exciting game to play in both schools and clubs”.

England player Turner added: “This is great tool for coaches and will help young players to bridge the gap and become confident in the contact game.”

DVD copies of Tacking the Transition are available from the RFUW. To request a DVD please email RFUW@therfu.com.