Dan chats to England's U18 men's head coach Jon Pendlebury about this role and how he goes about his week looking after this exciting group of players. A former professional player with Leeds, and then heading up the Yorkshire and Wasps academies, Jon became head coach of England U18s in 2019. In this role, he is also the Pathway Development Coach for the 14 England academies. He is just completing an MSc in Sports Coaching at Leeds Beckett University. MORE
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Dan chats with former Fiji captain Deacon Manu, who’s now coaching in Singapore.
Deacon has travelled the rugby world, representing Fiji and the Maori All Blacks, as well as playing for Waikato Chiefs and the Blues in Super Rugby and then for the Scarlets in Wales.
They chat about the coaches he’s experienced and now coaching with developing players and new players to the game.
- What was the playing and coaching journey before Singapore?
- What are the challenges of working in Singapore?
- How is the game growing in this part of the world? What lessons can we all learn for the sake of the growth of the game?
- Do you need local heroes or can you rely on the global game to develop an interest?
- Where are the new players coming from and how do you keep them in the game?