The I.R.F.U. and Leinster Rugby are delighted to announce that the third annual Fitness seminar will be held in the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday, 4th April…

This workshop will be aimed at rugby coaches working at all levels but is open to coaches from all sports.  Last year’s seminar was very successful and was attended by over 70 coaches.  This year different topics have been added to the line-up. 

The topics that will be covered are as follows:

Chairperson: Dave Fagan (Leinster Rugby N.T.P. Fitness Coach)

Topic 1 – Programme Design for Youth Players
Presenter – Bryan Cullen (Leinster Rugby N.T.P. Fitness Coach)

Topic 2 – How to Assess and Develop Movement Skills in our Players
Presenter – Des Ryan (IRFU Fitness Education Manager)

Topic 3 – Optimising nutrition to support young rugby players
Presenter – Emma McCrudden (Performance Nutritionist Leinster Rugby)

Topics that will be covered during the Nutrition workshop will include:
• Meeting energy and nutrient requirements for training and match play
• Supporting physical gains from training
• Maximising player recovery
• Practical resources to educate players (and parents) in managing their nutrition
• Addressing performance issues including cramp, fatigue, dehydration, weight loss

The seminar will be of great use to coaches who would like to know what is the most appropriate and practical method to develop their players.  Also the seminar is ideal for coaches who would like to introduce something new and challenging to their training. The seminar is open to any coaches especially from Leinster and the surrounding area.   Similar workshops have been run and will be run in the Connacht, Leinster and Ulster Areas.  Information on these workshops and others during the year will be found on  as soon as details are available.

The Details for the workshop are as follows –

Date: 4th April 2012
Time: 7pm Registration (Tea & Coffee provided)
Seminar: 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Venue: Aviva Stadium
Cost: €;15
Registration: Places are limited and coaches must register with Niamh Nash to reserve a place

Des Ryan (IRFU Fitness Education Manager)

Des Ryan is the fitness education manager for the I.R.F.U. Part of his role is to run the I.R.F.U. certified conditioning coach course and other fitness education courses. Des also manages the continued professional development programme for IRFU Fitness Coaches. His role includes managing the fitness development structures for rugby players Under 19 years of age and below. Part of his role includes managing the fitness staff with the age grade international teams, Ireland women’s, club and A team.

Before Des started his position with the IRFU he worked for Connacht rugby for 10 years, working as the head fitness advisor for the Connacht Rugby Senior team from 2000 to 2008. During this time Des has worked with the Ireland A rugby team for 3 years and assisted with the Ireland senior team. Des has presented at many conferences over the past few years in Ireland and abroad including conferences run by the International Rugby Board and the GAA’s national coaching development conference. Des has recently been accredited on the following courses Gray Cook FMS, UKSCA, IRB Educator and IRB Trainer course.

Emma McCrudden (Performance Nutritionist, Leinster Rugby)

Emma is a Performance Nutritionist based with Leinster Rugby in Ireland and the English Institute of Sport in Bath, providing expert nutrition advice for elite athletes in order to support their training. Emma trained initially as a dietitian in the University of Ulster Coleraine and progressed to achieve a Masters with distinction in Loughborough University in Sports Nutrition. Since then she has worked in England with a variety of sports including Beach Volleyball, Netball and Bob Skeleton before joining the Leinster backroom staff in early 2010.

Emma focuses on the specialist application of the science of nutrition to performance enhancement in sport. The nutritional demands of training and competition vary according to sporting discipline and the individual requirements of athletes. Accredited sports nutritionists are trained in both the science of nutrition and its practical application to the periodised training cycle, to enhance athletic performance. Such an approach aims to maximise training responses, optimise body composition and minimise risk of injury, over-training, illness and burnout.

Bryan Cullen (Leinster Rugby, NTP Fitness Coach)

Bryan is a sub-academy fitness coach at Leinster Rugby with responsibility for the fitness and conditioning of nominated age grade players. He is a sport science graduate from Dublin City University, and further certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) as a Certified Conditioning Coach (CCC) and the Irish Amateur Weightlifting Association (IAWLA) as a Level 1 Coach.  In conjunction with his role at Leinster, Bryan is pursuing a PhD in Exercise Physiology at Dublin City University. 

Dave Fagan (Leinster Rugby NTP Fitness Coach)
Dave joined Mike Ruddock’s Leinster in 1996 after a successful stint as national coach for Ireland in the shot-put and discus. He steered the Ireland team in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, was Victor Costello’s personal coach and has worked with a number of Gaelic football and football teams.