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Core Skills

  1. Can tackle backs in wide situations and open-field / transition. Can defend in isolation. Excellent open-field chop tackler. 
  2. Pass on the run up to 20 meters. 
  3. Excellent footwork. Understands timing off interior backs. 
  4. Excellent clearing kicks, grubbers, chips & up and unders.



  1. Able to perform correct technique of all core skills under pressure. 
  2. Aerial abilities.
  3. Linebreak abilities (evasive skill and outside speed).
  4. Kicking abilities.
  5. Ruck entry (wide).
  6. Off-load abilities.

Strength & Conditioning

  1. 10-40m speed
  2. Aerobic endurance
  3. Agility at pace
  4. Repeated anaerobic effort ability

Long-Term Athlete Development

  1. U16 & Younger: Ball-movement & defending ball-movement
  2. U17 - U19: Kicking & Exits
  3. 20+: Physicality, contact ability
  4. Willingness to find work. Relishes managing high moments of pressure in isolation.