New IRB online strength and conditioning site

(IRB.COM) Tuesday 15 November 2011
 New IRB online strength and conditioning site
The new website,

  • Best practice techniques to be available in three languages
  • Programme underscores global commitment to player welfare
  • Expands leading portfolio of free-to-access training and coaching tools

The International Rugby Board has launched an innovative online strength and conditioning resource, reinforcing its commitment to global education of best practice coaching techniques that put player welfare first.

Free to access at, the comprehensive site is the latest IRB online programme designed to aid and educate players, coaches and administrators at every level of the Game in adopting the very best techniques for preparation to play a sport that has witnessed an 18% increase in participation worldwide since 2007.
Extensive coaching videos and assessments are central to the resource which sits within the suite of IRB online courses already available, including the entry point Rugby Ready, and enables users to undertake the IRB Level One strength and conditioning awareness course online.
The course is designed to provide beginner strength and conditioning coaches with a basic knowledge and understanding and a foundation of practical skills based on the unique physical demands of the Game. This in turn will facilitate coaches to prepare players more thoroughly to play Rugby.

The online course comprises modules covering the following topics: long term player development pathway; functional screening; anatomical adaptation; demands of the Game; principles of training; speed and intermittent sprint endurance; periodisation and recovery.
IRB Training and Medical Manager Mark Harrington said: “Everyone has a duty of care to those playing the Game and the IRB’s portfolio of online and practical resources are invaluable to the global Rugby community. They are designed for individual coaches, players, referees, administrators and Unions in preparing to play the Game with the best possible practice models for physical conditioning, technique, injury prevention and injury management."

“Strength and conditioning is a key element of Game preparation at all levels and is an area where significant advancements have been made in recent years, making this new IRB resource a critical tool in player education as Rugby continues to reach out to new communities around the world.”

The resource is an extension of the globally successful IRB Rugby Ready programme, which is the premier vehicle for the IRB and its Member Unions in driving global Rugby preparation education and has been accessed by over 400,000 players, coaches, referees and administrators from 211 territories since going live in 2007. So far more than 89,000 members of the Rugby family have registered on the site and with a further 57,893 completing the online best-practice test.

Complementing the site, the IRB and accredited Member Unions have run practical courses in 24 countries with over 5,000 face-to-face courses, promoting consistency and best-practice player welfare techniques. The IRB intends to increase exposure and roll out the programme across more countries in 2012 as a key element of its player welfare strategy.

"IRB Rugby Ready heads up an ever expanding portfolio of innovative free-to-access multilingual online resources for the Rugby family. In addition to Rugby Ready, the IRB Coaching, IRB Laws and Keep Rugby Clean online education resources are available for free to the global Rugby family," added Harrington.

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Further information on the IRB's Medical and Player Welfare initiatives and policies, including the new concussion guidelines, can be found at