Your rugby players and their individual strengths are the rugby team assets. To put the different players where they make most of their talents. Especially in the Netherlands with little players this is an interesting puzzle. You have to look at the competences required for an individual role and match thoose. No match? Than you know what you have to do: develop the qualities in the players yourself.
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It is important that each individual player has a good understanding of the role of each player in the team. Only then the players can gel into a team and understand how to optimize each player performance. This is defined as
Role Clarity - Role Acceptance - Role Performance
Translated this means that you each player has to understand what he should do (and should not do), accept that part of playing in that position and than performing the tasks related to that role. Everybody should feel responsible to perform his task. It is your task as a coach to help players identify their tasks. With the National Under 18 of the Netherlands I used the Circle Model of Rico Schuijers, the inner Circle One is the inner circle of each individual player. Here he only has to focus on those things he can influence: task orientation. In other circles are the weather, referee decision, other players performances, etc. See the circles as an onion.
Some tasks are the same for each position, working on those is the first priority everybody:
- must be fit: define fit
- should tackle
- should not lose the ball in a tackle
- must catch the ball and throw a decent pass
- must be willing to fix somebody else his mistakes; immediately !
Below is a overview of players positions in a rugby squad. Click to read what their functional roles are (mostly based on iRB manuals and oter feedback I gathered over the years):
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