Growing Rugby Players

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This book will show you how and why adolescent rugby players are different and provide you some strategies to cater to the needs of these different players and successfully navigate the challenges you will continue to face as a rugby coach.

How does it help you?

  • learn why junior athletes are different
  • understand developmental stages
  • predict peak performance and maturation

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Growing Rugby Players

This research paper from Simon Harries of the Australian Rugby Union is one of the best explanations of how youth rugby players are different from their mature counterparts. The eBook outlines the results of detailed studies into how youth rugby players develop into seniors and the sticking points in this development process.

Who It's For

Coaches, teachers and administrators involved in developing youth rugby programs. Coaches will get the most out of it. But if you're a parent of a youth rugby player, this guide will be a very useful resource for you as well. If you are a youth rugby player, focus on the section titled 'Stronger Foundations' which has some great data on why resistance training is important and at what age you should start your weights program in order to maximize your strength later in your career.

What It Shows

Youth rugby players present many different challenges. This book will show you how and why adolescents are different and provide you some strategies to cater to the needs of these different players and successfully navigate the challenges you will continue to face.

Not Included

As its predominantly about youth rugby, there are no sections in here on the use of nutritional supplements in rugby. We don't support the use of nutritional supplements by minors. So this makes sense for the ARU.

How to use this book with young rugby players

You’ve already met young players experiencing the issues described in this document. In fact you’ve probably met 100s of them.

In the last team I worked with, was a fantastic player who was fast and powerful but just didn’t have the endurance I thought he should have. He was a challenge and I wracked my brain trying to figure out how to improve him. He also desperately wanted to join in with the whole group.

But whenever he did endurance work the same as the whole group he would just never improve. I thought that maybe he was different. During your coaching career you’ve likely come across players like the one I just mentioned and many others who were different in their own way. These players present many different challenges.

This book will show you how and why adolescents are different and provide you some strategies to cater to the needs of these different players and successfully navigate the challenges you will continue to face.