Our coaches have had a blast this week working with school players and coaches who share our love for the game! Everyday has been filled with surprises, sparks of talent, significant improvements in skills and attitude, changes in outlook and in-depth training. It is always inspiring to watch former Springbok players and coaches, who are passionate about making a positive impact, sharing their expertise with the next generation of players.
Here’s a recap of what took place on our December 2018 courses:
• Dick Muir (former Springbok player and assistant coach) shared his coaching philosophy and knowledge on back attack with our coaches while taking both players and coaches for a practical session on back attack.
• Ian McIntosh (former Springbok coach) worked closely with coaches in both practical and theoretical sessions on momentum and team selection.
• Grant Bashford (former Sharks assistant coach) came specifically to share is knowledge on the breakdown.
• Braam van Straaten (former Springbok player and Wallabies kicking coach) taught players and coaches about tackling and defence.
• Gary Gold (former Sharks and current USA coach) spent a day with coaches working on the best ways to plan a season.
• Peter de Villiers (former Springbok and current Zimbabwean coach) joined the Academy for a morning to speak to coaches about high-performance coaching.
• Marius Hurter (former Springbok player) shared his knowledge on the scrum and gave players an informative and awakening lesson on doping.
• Greg Miller (former EP and Border player) is the Academy’s General Manager. He planned, oversaw and organised the star-studded line-up of coaches at the Academy. He took both coaches and boys for handling, continuity, various practical sessions and providing tips for coaches on the successful transfer of knowledge.
• As one of the Academy’s team coaches, Ryno Combrinck (former Northern Transvaal player), spent the whole week working on various aspects with players – particularly on behind-the-scenes training and the mindset needed for a good rugby player.
• Carlo de Fava (former international player for Italy) worked extensively with the groups on lineouts.
• Coaching specialist, Paul Anthony (former U19 and U21 Bulls and Sharks coach), took coaches and players for theoretical and practical sessions on set piece attacks and team culture.
• Behind-the-scenes coaching analysis is central to Nico le Roux’s (former All Blacks, Blues and Chiefs Technical Advisor) expertise. He worked on an essential element of the modern game, video analysis, with coaches, and on ball-in-contact with both groups.
• As one of the Academy’s team coaches Bobby Joubert (former Western Province sevens coach) attended the whole week and took players and coaches for counter-attack, running lines and behind-the-scenes training and the mindset needed for a good rugby player.
• The most important part of any team’s activities is training and Mark Steele (former Springboks conditioning coach) took players and coaches for an intensive afternoon of rugby-specific training.
• Michael Horak (former Saracens fullback and wing, EP Kings coach and current u-19 Sharks coach) worked closely with coaches on the importance of structure as well as phase play.
• Ruan Fourie (former Sharks and Lions physiotherapist) taught players and coaches about the correct nutrition and recovery practices for a healthy rugby player.
Thanks to all those who joined us for the week and have a relaxing festive season!