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
Should we change the age we start to coach scrummaging?
In the third episode of the Rugby Coach Weekly Podcast, Dan talks to experienced grassroots coach and coach developer Ian Diddams about teaching scrummaging.
With a number of international front-rowers only starting their trade after the age of 16, is their case to change the way we coach scrummaging? Dan asks the former front rower whether the scrum is relevant before 16 and if we shouldn’t actually spend more time on other skills.
He says that:
- We need to coach the body shapes, but not necessarily the scrum at the youngest age groups.
- We should look to keep the game for all shapes and sizes, even though these players go through massive changes in their teens.
- We need to rethink whether players have the athletic attributes to carry out some of the scrum tasks we set them.
Listen to his tips on how to mix scrum shapes into training, how to balance your approach and what techniques he would focus on first.