High Performance Leadership Programme

  • Jon Callard Handed New RFU Development Role

    Jon Callard has been appointed the new national Performance academy manager and international Performance coach with the Rugby Football Union (RFU). The newly created role within the RFU will see Callard work primarily with the Junior World Championship-winning England Under 20 side, as well as players who have recently graduated from the Under 20 Programme and into the Saxons. He moves on from his previous role as one of the RFU's international Performance coaches, having worked in various c...

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  • Nucifora To Become IRFU High Performance Director

    The Irish Rugby Football Union is set to install former Australia hooker David Nucifora as its new High Performance Director. The former Wallaby is expected to join up with the Six Nations champions ahead of their two-Test South America tour in June, with his appointment to be formally confirmed once the future of European club rugby is finally settled. Nucifora, 52, is expected to take on a role which will ease some of the workload on head coach Joe Schmidt, with his wide-ranging remit being to...

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  • Munster United In New Limerick Training Centre

    Munster have one training centre for the first time in the modern professional era with the opening of new EUR9.5m (£8m) High Performance Centre on the premises of University of Limerick this week. The branch won two Heineken Cups and four Celtic League titles since 2000 while their squad was split between Cork and Limerick bases, 100km apart. The new facility houses the full senior squad, the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy and North Munster Domestic Game operations with Munster players, coach...

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  • Drawer Joins RFU As Athletic Performance Manager

    The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has appointed deputy director of Performance solutions at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) Scott Drawer as its new athletic Performance manager. Drawer, who will start his new role on 1 February 2014, will be responsible for the men’s and women’s international teams outside of the England Senior Elite Player Squad. He has previously worked with British athletes preparing for five summer and winter Olympic and Paralympic Games and will now work with the...

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  • World Rugby Address Gender Inequality At The Top

    World Rugby has announced reform of its Council – its Highest decision-making body – with an ambition of at least one-third women's representation from next year. The number of people who may sit on Council may increase from 32 to 49 on the condition that the 17 new representatives are to be women. The amendment will give the 11 unions and six regional associations, who currently have an additional vote but no additional representative, the right to send an additional representative to Counc...

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  • Exiles' Resource Deal With SRU Paves Way For Closer Links

    London Scottish and Scottish Rugby (SRU) have released details of a new partnership to support the development of a joint Performance Programme that may be the harbinger of closer administrative links in future. This week's agreement is described as "resource focused" with the SRU providing regular coaching, playing and High Performance support to the Greene King IPA Championship club. Selected pro-team, BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy and Scottish age-grade players will be based at the Richmond...

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  • World Rugby Intervene To Protect Pacific Talent

    As part of their greater investment in Pacific Island rugby, World Rugby has launched an initiative designed to accelerate rugby development in the area, paving the way for the region’s best and brightest rugby talent to thrive on the international stage. The ‘World Rugby Combine’ - run in partnership with Oceania Rugby, Pacific Rugby Players (PRP) and the three unions - features 30 players under the age of 23 from Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, who impressed during the recent World Rugby Pacific...

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  • WRU Bolster Coaches

    Gethin Watts has been appointed Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) national Performance manager taking charge of National and regional Age Grade Academy Programmes. Watts will be responsible for the development, delivery and management of the National Academy, with a focus on player identification, development and the fulfillment of potential across the Performance end of the game. The role has been created to enhance the National Academy strategy, including the delivery of the regional and national Age G...

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  • Worcester Appoint Nick Johnston

    Worcester have announced that Nick Johnston is joining the club as its new High Performance director just a month after leaving a similar position at Northampton. Johnston has previously worked for the WRU and Sale Sharks as well as the Saints, who he helped to reach six finals during his time there, and Warriors director of rugby Dean Ryan is pleased to have him on board. "I am absolutely delighted that Nick has agreed to join us. His record in High Performance management and the developm...

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  • Scottish Rugby Welcomes New High Performance Facility

    Scottish Rugby has recently learned of the plan to base the new £30 million National Sport Performance Centre at Heriot-Watt University in the West of Edinburgh. Scotland’s Deputy First Minster, Nicola Surgeon made the announcement on a visit to the university. A spokesperson on behalf of Scottish Rugby said: “Scottish Rugby welcomes today’s announcement from the Scottish Government that the new national sport Performance centre will be based at Heriot-Watt University. We are proud to hav...

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