The Core Roles of The Second Row
Just watch :-)
The Core Roles of The Second Row
Just watch :-)
It’s been a long time between drinks/posts and for that I do apologise!
However the @youmerugby twitter feed has been chugging along with whatever nuggets of information I can find.
Only recently has the http://grubbr.co project come bubbling to the surface of our rugby ocean. Youmerugby will continue untouched as it always has, just with a bit of crossover content from Grubbr like ‘The 3 Fast-Ball Generation Methods Used By The All Blacks’ linked above.
Ps: To get early access to Grubbr and to add your rugby ideas before the rest of the world, go here to jump the queue: http://grubbr.co
If you read or follow the outstanding kicking coach Stuart Lierich you’ll learn to understand and master the ‘small details’ which separate the competent kickers from the great.
This practice goal-kicking session by All Blacks maestro Dan Carter underlines some of the core principles Stuart and other kicking coaches emphasize in their methods.
In Stuart’s words,
Contrary to popular belief, kicking is an all of body movement requiring much more than a leg swing. For effective execution coaches will develop a player’s ability to shift weight “through” the kick via the pillar, rather than rely on the raw power of leg alone. Remember: Smoother, not Harder
Other details I have learnt to look out for when watching goal-kickers:
This amazing 10 min speech in front of a corporate audience by master Rugby League coach and mentor Wayne Bennett epitomises everything good about true leadership. Not just in terms of Rugby League but in every aspect of life.
Just sit back, watch and enjoy.
Here’s another version of the cherokee story that Wayne Bennett tells…
An old Grandfather said to his grandson, who came to him with anger at a friend who had done him an injustice, “Let me tell you a story.
I too, at times, have felt a great hate for those that have taken so much, with no sorrow for what they do.
But hate wears you down, and does not hurt your enemy. It is like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die. I have struggled with these feelings many times.” He continued, “It is as if there are two wolves inside me. One is good and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him, and does not take offense when no offense was intended. He will only fight when it is right to do so, and in the right way.
But the other wolf, ah! He is full of anger. The littlest thing will set him into a fit of temper. He fights everyone, all the time, for no reason. He cannot think because his anger and hate are so great. It is helpless anger,for his anger will change nothing.
Sometimes, it is hard to live with these two wolves inside me, for both of them try to dominate my spirit.”
The boy looked intently into his Grandfather’s eyes and asked, “Which one wins, Grandfather?”
The Grandfather smiled and quietly said, “The one I feed.”
Lots of good nuggets in this one.
Go behind the scenes with Rugby League’s Leeds Rhinos Strength and Conditioning Coach Richard Hunnicks as he explains some of the lifts used to develop bigger, faster, stronger League players.
One of the world’s leading Athletic Development (aka Strength and Conditioning) coaches, Vern Gambetta gives his thoughts on the root of winning teams — a winning culture.
The root of successful teams is the culture. It is not something that just magically happens. Like talent a winning culture is grown, encouraged and nurtured.
What exactly is it? Honestly I can’t quite put my finger on it. You know it when you see it, you can sense it, it is a feeling, sometimes a state of mind. It is not inspirational signs all over the walls, or t-shirts with slogans, it is a way of getting it done everyday in a workmanlike manner without fanfare. It can be changed both for the better and for worse. It is not something you can take for granted.
Look around at coaches who have successful teams and individuals they get it. It is doing the little things consistently well. It is how you wear the uniform. How you fail as well as how you win. It certainly is not facilities. It is people, a way of life in sport that fosters a sense of confidence without being cocky. It may be intangible but you know it is there.
This year’s 2012 Super Rugby champions, the Chiefs went to the extent of developing their own team haka. It wasn’t performed pre-match like other NZ school and representative sides but it was obviously used as a tool to foster a sense of belonging within the group.
You may not need a haka. But you do need to develop your own unique culture.
A quick post highlighting the use of hypoxic swim training for Rugby players. If you haven’t heard of it before it basically refers to the use of a low-breathing pattern in a training discipline, in this case hypoxic swim sets.
The training style has found itself in vogue across various Rugby conditioning programmes for a couple of main reasons; one being good (i think) and another being contentious.
Here’s Digby getting in a length without taking a breath:
The good reason i think this is effective for Rugby players should be obvious. It provides a de-load option for the legs and hips. Days, weeks and months spent squatting in the gym, road/field running plus game days means your legs/hips bear the brunt of the physical load. Training in a pool means less load but can give you another method of building VO2 max (that’s the contentious reason!)
So whichever way you see it, it is beneficial in at least one way – for Rugby players at least.
For those looking to give this method a go, here’s an example 4-week progression I found online:
Part 2 in the series of insightful Rugby tidbits gleaned from players, coaches and trainers. You can read Part 1 here.
NZ Scrum coach Mike Cron elaborates on scrum technique:
I always liken it back to golf, because I think everyone understands the game of golf. The first thing you have to do is get your set-up right. In golf that’s like holding the club and addressing the ball correctly, and for us in scrummaging we’re bent over, balanced, and in control of our body. The next area like golf is the swing, where you have to swing through the ball and follow through. For us that’s the engagement process. We engage, we hit the opposition, then we continue transferring power through into the opposition. Then the third stage is staying strong with movement. So for me they are the three key areas: set-up, engagement, and staying strong with movement.
They are all important positions but tighthead prop is key. You live and die by your tighthead prop. The way a scrum is formed, or the way the two front rows pack against each other, the actual axis of the scrum - the centre point or where it rotates around - is the opposition hooker’s right shoulder. Why I say that is that is because the scrum’s left side naturally moves forward ahead of the right side, it’s the natural screw or ‘tilt’ due to the way it is set up. Consequently, the tighthead prop – he’s the guy on the right hand side – is going in to the wind or into the stream if you like. Whereas, the guy on the loosehead side is going down stream, he’s got the wind behind him, so to speak. So as well as the opposition pushing against him, the tighthead prop also has the natural screw of the scrum pushing against him too.
We’re dealing in big forces, no different to lifting or pushing heavy weights. I’ve worked for many years with biomechanists who have helped me understand the body a lot more, so I’m always looking at good strong and safe technique. That’s making sure your angles are right, to make sure you can always transfer the correct power, as well as resisting power against you. The safest technique is the strongest technique as it turns out. I’ve been working with scrums since 1980 and I can’t remember any of my front rowers getting neck or back injuries or anything like that. That’s because we’re pedantic at making our guys work on their technique to allow them to scrummage correctly.
Quite often you could line up 50 guys at the gym, and it might not even be the top 10 powerful lifters that would make the best scrummagers. It’s how you use your body. Some bodies are tense and strong, whereas other bodies feel like they have more movement, like they are little ‘looser’. With front rowers, they need to be the former. Consequently, guys that work the farm - manual workers, these kind of guys - they generally know how to use their bodies to stay strong with movement. So you might not be the most powerful man in the gym, but you could well be the most powerful scrummager because you can use your body better.
Watch Mike Cron deliver one of his Scrummaging masterclasses (29mins)
See you soon for Part 3.
The Drill: Run and pass to your team-mate when you reach each cone. Simples.
Izzy’s tip: “Express yourself and have fun”.
Nice insight into Waratah and Wallaby wing Lachie Turner’s battle to find his love of the game and to rediscover his potential with the help of a mind (mental skills) coach.
Takeaways from the clip:
I’m a big believer that if i am happy off the field, then what happens on the field will take care of itself.
News clip on Lachie Turner’s pre-game hypnosis
These athletes are like Formula 1 racing cars, they are finely tuned. And, what I do is come in and train the driver, which is the brain.
The Spirit of Welsh Rugby:
"There’s a faint smell of embrication in the air. Like the north of England, Wales was hotbed of industry. So Rugby, became the tool for communities and people of all classes to integrate together"
Behind the scenes footage of French Top 14 Rugby side RC Toulon getting into their work.
Summary of work covered:
Jonny Wilkinson prepares for training at RC Toulon.
Wayne Smith, Chiefs Assistant Coach