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Change in Direction for Canada HP

Tuesday Apr 7, 2009 in Canada Rugby Canada

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April 7, 2009 - For the past two years the focus of attention for Rugby Canada’s High Performance program has been placed upon success for our national teams at the upcoming 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cup and the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

After being appointed by Rugby Canada to the role of Director of Rugby late last year, Dr Trevor Arnold has given the High Performance program some new direction to take them into the future. This new direction that has also been driven by financial constraints has resulted in a number of fundamental operational changes.

The High Performance Director, Geraint John, has been given a much more explicit role that will focus upon succession planning beyond 2011. His role will be to ensure that there is a continual flow of players and coaches to further develop Canada’s international success. This will also require him to initiate programs that will ensure that more high performance experiences are available to our players as they progress along the high performance pathway. His focus of attention will be upon succession planning for both high performance players and high performance coaches.

The immediate targets of success in the World Cups of 2010 and 2011 will be retained by the head coaches of the Senior Men’s Team (Kieran Crowley) and the Senior Women’s Team (John Long). The efforts of these two coaches will be enhanced by various support staff.

To ensure that the High Performance Director is supported in his long term objectives, staff members appointed to age grade national teams, Canada ‘A’ teams and the two Canadian Sevens Squads will continue to report directly to Geraint John but with much more specific objectives that will serve succession planning. Success on the field will remain an important objective but player progression along the high performance pathway will be the most important measurable outcome being expected from the programs being delivered by these people.

The first step in this rejuvenated program is to appoint a person to perform the composite role of National Skills Coach and National Men’s Sevens Coach. This person will support the High Performance Director in assuring that succession planning is entrenched in all of our national high performance programs.     

Rugby Canada is look for applicants. For more information about this role contact High Performance Director Geraint John at gjohn@rugbycanada.ca

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