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Core Skills

  1. Solid defender who can tackle larger athletes in tight situations
  2. Can cover middle channels, and far channels in the defensive wall (4 – 12 wide of the ruck). Can tackle backs in wide situations and open-field / transition. Initiates proper line speed and defensive width according to particular situations.
  3. Excellent pass on the run up to 20 meters. Does not take up receivers’ space when passing. Delicacy of passing skill--can either push-pass short or spin-pass long in the same movement.
  4. Can attack the tackle line flat & aggressively. Understands depth in relation to options and defensive line-speed. 
  5. Can cover for the back-3 (Fullback / wings). 

 

Priorities

  1. Able to perform correct technique of all core skills under pressure. 
  2. All FH passing skill variations.
  3. All FH kicking variations (for territory or for possession).
  4. Communicator.
  5. Decision making & game understanding abilities. 

Strength & Conditioning

  1. Repeated anaerobic effort ability
  2. 5-10m agility at pace
  3. Aerobic endurance
  4. 10-30m speed

Long-Term Athlete Development

  1. U14: Develop FH passing decision making
  2. U16 & Younger: Ball-movement & defending ball-movement
  3. U16: Conversion Kicking
  4. U17 - U19: Kicking & Exits
  5. 20+: Physicality, contact ability
  6. Analytical, Quality communicator, organizer, composed, and confident decision maker.