EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

How we use SAS to keep the England U18s focused


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. He is just completing an MSc in Sports Coaching at Leeds Beckett University.

Dan asks Jon about  the following issues:

  • How do you go about caring for your players?
  • The role of winning is when you are selecting a team.
  • Using the SAS as the mental model for training.
  • How do you manage players who want to play through injuries for fear of being dropped?
  • With 14 different academy approaches, how do you create a cohesive unit for the national group?
  • How much can you plough your own furrow, and how much do you have to fit in with the senior team’s patterns?
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