A unique opportunity to hear the world’s top rugby union experts

22 April 2013, 13:20

rugbykidsTalent Identification and Development
The Royal Society,
6 – 9 Carlton House Terrace,
London SW1y 5AG

Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May, 2013

The RFU is hosting a ground-breaking Talent Symposium. This unique event will involve debate amongst 15 of the World’s leading experts in the field of sporting talent, 12 eminent panellists and rugby stakeholders, to reach a consensus that will have a profound impact on understanding and practice relating to the identification and development of talented rugby players.

On 18 May the same experts, including: Professor Joe Baker, Professor Jamie Timmons, Dr Stephen Cobley, Dr Jotg Shorer, Professor Mark Williams, Professor Bruce Abernathy, Professor Keith Davids and Dr Ross Tuckerfrom will be presenting on the identification and development of talent as part of a parallel education programme. This group of experts has never before been assembled in one place.

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Get in top shape for Rugby

30 May 2012, 10:48

Since the dawn of professional rugby, players have become increasingly bigger, faster and stronger.

Complete Conditioning for Rugby gives players and coaches the advice they need to keep pace with changes in the game by improving individual and team speed, power, strength, agility and endurance.

Author Paul Pook presents the latest research and information on testing, priority performance factors, programming and workouts, as well as clear demonstrations of drills. Armed with this information, players and coaches will identify and adopt the best possible conditioning options.

The accompanying DVD provides a visual presentation of key tests, exercises and drills for improving performance. The footage demonstrates both individual workouts and team workouts employing functional training methods that emphasize rugby-specific conditioning.

Normal Price: £16.99 l €20.40
HK Rewards Members’ Price: £13.59 l €16.32

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Rugby in focus

3 May 2012, 15:29

Prepare to meet challenges and excel in rugby competition with Focused for Rugby, a mental skills training aid designed to maximize on-field performance.

Every player, regardless of their level of ability, should read this book in order to sharpen their mental skills and unleash their full potential.

It is filled with practical tips, tasks and step-by-step techniques which are simple to understand and apply.

Focused for Rugby presents a compelling case that physical skills and conditioning must be combined with building mental “muscle” to ensure peak performance.

Normal Price: £14.99 l €18.00
HK Rewards Members’ Price: £11.99 l €14.40

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Win a copy of Rugby Games & Drills

26 April 2012, 14:41

Developed by one of the game’s top coaches and endorsed by the Rugby Football Union, Rugby Games & Drills. contains over 115 games and drills designed to bring out the very best in players, regardless of age or ability or rugby code.

This book is packed with the most effective games and drills for improving core skills such as handling, kicking and decision making, while providing tough physical challenges.

We’ve teamed up with the sport’s leading magazine Rugby World to offer you the chance to win one of ten copies in a simple-to-enter competition

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Experience a typical day in an international rugby training camp

18 April 2012, 16:10

Experience a typical day in an international rugby training camp (with a few modifications of course) which will give you a full understanding of just what is required and undertaken at that level of performance support.

“Life in the Camp Performance Monitoring Workshop” with Simon Worsnop, RFU Fitness Coach and author of Rugby Games & Drills, is being held at Leeds Metroplitan University on Saturday 19th May 10am to 4pm.

It is suitable for strength and conditioning coaches, sports coaches, athletes and recreational trainees, support team members looking to learn more about olympic lifting including physiotherapists, therapists, osteopaths etc.

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Win an eBook copy of Rugby Games and Drills

27 January 2012, 15:27

Win an eBook copy of Rugby Games & Drills, the ideal companion for coaches and players of either rugby code who are looking to maximize talent and harness their potential.

Developed by one of the game’s top coaches and endorsed by the Rugby Football Union, Rugby Games & Drills. contains over 115 games and drills designed to bring out the very best in players, regardless of age or ability or rugby code.

All you have to do to have a chance of winning a copy is email your name and address to editor@hkeurope.com

All entries must be received by midnight on Thursday 2nd February and 20 lucky winners will be drawn at random on Friday 3rd February. Entries received after this date will not be accepted.


Develop rugby technique, game sense and fitness

10 November 2011, 09:59

Developed by one of the game’s top coaches and endorsed by the Rugby Football Union, Rugby Games & Drills contains over 115 games and drills designed to bring out the very best in players, regardless of age or ability or rugby code.

This book is packed with the most effective games and drills for improving core skills such as handling, kicking and decision making while providing tough physical challenges.

In addition, the detailed descriptions with accompanying illustrations will help you make the most of training sessions and ensure you are ready for game day.

Normal price: £14.99 I €18.00
Discount Price* £11.99 I €14.40
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* Quote promo code E6836 when you order and get a 20% Christmas discount.
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Nutrition off the menu for rugby players

11 October 2011, 16:12

A recent study into the body composition, nutritional knowledge, behaviours, attitudes and educational needs of senior schoolboy rugby players in Ireland, has revealed that despite a positive attitude, poor nutritional knowledge and dietary practices were observed in many players.

Assessment of the study group’s knowledge of nutritional requirements demonstrated poor understanding of the foods required for refueling, appropriate use of sports drinks and the role of protein in muscle formation.

Worryingly the understanding of the importance of correct nutrition in those players who had actually sought advice was no better than those who didn’t, reinforcing the perception that the advice being given may frequently be inaccurate or inappropriate.

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Move to make rugby the preferred school sport in Scotland

5 October 2011, 11:56

The SRU’s new Chief Executive Mark Dodson has said that one of his priorities following Scotland’s exit from the Rugby World Cup was to speak with schools in both the independent state sectors, with a view to establishing rugby as the country’s top school sport.

He said: “We are also going to be challenged on player numbers but what we have to do is bring better players with better skills through, and we are looking at that from a community perspective.

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Rugby headgear and mouthguards offer little protection against concussion

8 November 2010, 11:39

Existing headgear and mouth guards have limited or no benefit in reducing concussions in rugby players, according to research published in the journal Neurosurgery.

However, educational injury prevention programmes that promote proper playing techniques and enforcement of the rules do result in a significant reduction in concussions and head, neck and spinal injuries, according to researcher Dr Michael Cusimano of St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto.

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