The DNA of the company is rugby inspired fitness and to innovate.Our approach to rugby coaching is to have real specificity to the sessions and be innovative in order to achieve targeted outcomes. Although the two codes require similar key components of fitness and core skills such as passing, catching and tackling, their technical and tactical elements are very different. This cross-code concept of coaching the two sports can help develop a young athlete’s game in both codes. Many of England rugby union’s current backs were steeped in league including: Luther Burrell,Owen Ford,Chris Ashton, George Ford and Ben Te’o. Sam Burgess took some new skills back to league after his stint with Bath and England.The cross over of coaches is also huge with the likes of Shaun Edwards, Les Kiss, Gary Mercer, Andy Farrell, Clive Griffiths and Denis Betts coaching having dual code backgrounds.
Eddie Jones famously said on taking on the England rugby union job “they’re gym fit (big strong athletes), but not rugby fit” and he also wanted their sharpness and skills to improve. All this added to tenacious competitiveness created a formidable setup which was / is very successful. Pitch based rugby styled strength and conditioning is important for performance and injury prevention, and will be combined with the rugby skills sessions to help prepare the athletes for games. We seek to help create players with ‘repeatability’ ie the ability to perform an exercise/set piece, take on board cues and corrections, and apply them when next asked to perform.