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Workshop boost gives Cork club new blood


Munster defence coach Jacques Nienaber. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Munster defence coach Jacques Nienaber. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Munster defence coach Jacques Nienaber. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Munster's Community Rugby Department recently ran Introduction to Rugby Coaching workshops for the Cork Sports Partnership's Coaching in the Community course.

Following the very successful workshops, Mitchelstown RFC then allocated the coaches to schools in their area where they could get practical experience.

This initiative also helped Mitchelstown RFC with their recent recruitment drive for their Mini rugby section, which runs every Saturday in St Fanahan's Community School in Mitchelstown.

The Community Rugby Department at Munster Rugby is comprised of five Community Rugby Officers with each one responsible for a group of clubs, schools and colleges within an allocated geographic region.

It also includes a Women's Development Officer, Girls Participation Officer, Limerick Regeneration Officer and 12 part-time Club and Community Rugby Officers working in schools in conjunction with their respective clubs.

The primary role of the department is to increase participation across all areas of rugby throughout Munster. For more details, please email info@munsterrugby.ie.

Tutorial on tackling

The IRFU has launched a video tutorial resource called TackleSMART which promotes correct and safe tackle technique for a variety of tackle scenarios.

Munster's Jacques Nienaber together with Connacht's Pat Lam, Ulster's Les Kiss and Girvan Dempsey of Leinster shared their expertise to illustrate how correct tackle technique is also the safest tackle technique for players at all levels.

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TackleSMART provides a suite of videos featuring minis, girls and youth players with clear and easy-to-understand technical direction on how to track an attacker and how to complete a front-on tackle, a tackle from the side and a tackle from behind.

The videos are available on the IRFU website for coaches, parents and players.

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