Between players and staff, the Munster youth manager published this from the December fixture without 48 seniors.
Academy of Munster manager Ian Costello posted A scientific study How the Irish team prepared for, faced and won the Champions Cup match against Wasps last December 12, despite 48 absences between players and staff due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In fact, at that time, a large part of the team could not participate in the competition She was forced into isolation, she returned from South Africa in the days when the Omicron variant-related emergency was escalating. Also, some tested positive in South Africa and could not return with the rest of their companions.
With no technical staff available, the company decided to entrust Costello, who had started work in Limerick six months ago, to coach the first team. Costello could rely on a large number of Irish international and national players, who came on later, but he still had to call up twelve rookies (eight from the academy and two clubs connected to the Munster supply chain) to replace them. 23 of the list for the competition. The difficult conditions did not deter Munster, however, who managed to beat Wasps 35-14 away at Coventry.
Create integration between the first team and the academy
The article, written by Costello, academics Sarahjane Belton and Aine McNamara, is 17 pages long and begins with a coach’s idea to study how an academy like Munster’s can ensure first-team players are ready to play high-level matches. How the two elements can communicate more effectively and harmoniously for the goals of one (young people in their growth trajectory) and the other (adults who cannot ignore high levels of performance).
The study emphasizes that the Munster Academy follows the same programs and training as the first team, and that youth coaches and senior technical staff meet regularly to discuss an integrated collaborative approach. Success in Coventry helped to increase the alignment between the junior and senior pathways, creating the basis for emergency operations in December 2021 and the relationships built over time.
“Some of the players in the first team said they felt more confident in themselves and in their ability to play professional rugby – the article reads – in the young players following Munster and their ability to step up when needed. Academy staff said they had noticed a greater tendency from the first team players to trust them. , all of which certainly led to increased cohesion between the two working groups.
In his conclusions, Costello explained how this case study shows how important it is to have an effective pathway that supports the goals of seniors and the need to have a cohesive and cohesive system for players to prepare at the highest possible level. This is even more important in some sports with relatively limited resources, such as club rugby union, where squad size and depth of teams can be limited by small budgets.”
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