While the team was away in Japan last week, selected schoolboys were invited to attend Blues Under 17 and Under 18 Camps.
More than 50 players from the Blues rugby region attended the four-day U18 camp, which was split between Mt Albert Grammar School and the Blues High Performance Centre. The Under 17 Camp, which was held on Friday, was the final day of three scheduled throughout the season.
Talent Identification and Player Development Manager Shane King commented: “The camps were a great opportunity to work with some fantastic young men and provide them with a deeper understanding of High Performance Rugby and introduce players to the Blues’ way, expectations and culture.”
“The Rugby Development is delivered in accordance with New Zealand Rugby’s ‘six pillars of development’ which focus on technical, tactical, physical, nutrition, mental skills, and leadership development.”
Because most of the Blues Coaching team was away in Japan, Mitre 10 Cup coaches from Northland, North Harbour, and Auckland happily stepped in and delivered the tactical and technical sessions. Blues staff provided training around mental skills, nutrition, strength and conditioning, and personal development.
The Under 18 camp culminated with an opportunity for all players to put the information and skills they learnt into practise with games against their opposites at the Chiefs in Hamilton.
A number of the current Blues squad have attended U17 and U18 development camps in the past, including Blake Gibson, the Ioane brothers, TJ Faiane, Sam Nock, Jordan Trainor, Scott Scrafton, Sione Mafileo, and Patrick Tuipolotu.
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