Nurturing Young Rugby Talent

Some of Queensland’s up and coming rugby talent were put through their paces at a testing three-day rugby union training camp at Tallebudgera Creek on the Gold Coast last week.

The St Joseph’s College Gregory Terrace squad, under the guidance of Next Gen Rugby coaching chief and former Australian under 21 rep Michael Broad and ex Queensland Reds and Australian Sevens player Tyron Mandrusiack, undertook a testing and challenging three days, learning basic skills and techniques of the game as well as the mental side of preparing for big games and basic life skills centred around being good people.

Michael was thrilled with the response of the young players from a school where 700 of the 1700 school roll play rugby union, and some of the drills they went through came from what Michael learned when he spent time in camp with the champion Tasman Mako rugby team in New Zealand a couple of years ago.

A solid turnout

He said that time spent with the Mako was hugely beneficial to him. “That’s the beauty of professional development. Leon MacDonald (former All Black and current Blues head coach) and Andrew Goodman (Crusaders assistant coach) were very welcoming. They couldn’t do more for me, involved me in everything they were doing. “I brought back some of the ideas they have the way they keep the group together, bonding between the group.”

One of the key areas focussed on not only at this particular camp but at Super rugby was about forwards in particular being dynamic and keeping the ball alive, something Michael acknowledged New Zealand teams including the All Blacks were very good at and now the Northern Hemisphere sides had improved significantly adopting that approach.

A focus on fitness

Fitness was also a focus of the Tallebudgera training camp and Michael believes that’s the key element why the Northern Hemisphere teams have improved so much.

His Next Gen Rugby Coaching business is going well and in their most recent training camp, over 200 male and female players attended the Brothers Club event in Brisbane.

Interview & Words by John Alexander | Images taken by Tony Stretch.

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Some of Queensland’s up and coming rugby talent were put through their paces at a testing three-day rugby union training camp at Tallebudgera Creek on the Gold Coast last week.

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