The age grade player at Stage 3 is still at the development stage and is still growing rapidly, they have the capacity to focus and therefore can increase their competencies radically with correct attention and application. Greater self-awareness and responsibility are characteristics of players at this stage and if nutured could form the basis for future realisation and success.

There is more pace then power because of the players physical development and players should be beginnig to realise the benefits  of Rugby Strength and Conditioning programmes.

Players should be encouraged to take risks and not worry about making mistakes, focusing on immediate tactical decisions with the coaches focus on players understanding of Why we do things.

Coaching emphasis should be on linking the Principles of Play with the individual Skills and Action.


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