Leinster Rugby will host a webinar on the use of themes in rugby coaching. The webinar is aimed at youth, senior, performance, club, school and team coaches

The use of themes in rugby union coaching has increased in popularity over recent years.

But what exactly is theming? How is it practically applied? What works well? What has not worked well? What skills are required by the coach to successfully utilise the concept of theming within our coaching practice? All these questions and more will be discussed in the Live Webinar by our experienced and diverse panel.

The panel will consist of Jess Bunyard (Head Coach of Women’s and Girls’ rugby at Huddersfield RUFC and Editor of Women’s Rugby Coaching Magazine), Eoin Sheriff (Leinster Rugby Coach Development Officer), Declan O’Brien (Leinster Rugby Head of Coach and Player Development) and Kieran Hallett (Leinster Rugby Elite Player Development Officer).

The panel members will discuss their experiences (good and bad), as a player and a coach, of theming. They will provide contemporary examples and solutions as to how they currently integrate this concept into their coaching craft.

Bunyard is also a community coach and academy coach for Huddersfield RUFC and delivers rugby to local schools. She has coached for DPP and University rugby as well as being the editor of Women’s Rugby Coaching Magazine.

Sheriff is a former professional player with Leinster Rugby, Saracens and London Irish. Eoin is currently South East Region Coach and Player Development Officer with Leinster Rugby. He has been the forwards coach for the Leinster Youths since 2019 and is also head coach at Wanderers FC.

O’Brien is a former player with Leinster who is currently Coach and Player Development Manager with Leinster Rugby’s Domestic department. He has worked with Leinster Rugby for over 14 years now. He has coached in Clontarf, DLSP, Blackrock, IT Carlow and his home club Enniscorthy as well as with the Leinster U-19s for two seasons and supported all other age grade representative squads. He was also assistant forwards coach to the Irish Women’s team winning the six nations in 2015.

On top of that, he is a qualified IRFU Tutor, a World Rugby Trainer as well as a Coach Developer Assessor with Sport Ireland Coaching. Over the last number of  years he has recently qualified with an MBS in Business Practice with University College Cork through his studies with the Irish Management Institute gaining Diplomas in Leadership, Executive Coaching and Strategy and Innovation.

Hallett is a UKCC/RFU Level 4 qualified coach, who is currently an Elite Player Development Officer/Academy Coach with Leinster Rugby as well as the current Head Coach of Ireland U-19s. As part of his role, Kieran is also the Attack Coach for Leinster A and Leinster U-19s, as well as regularly coaching skill development with Leinster Senior players. He was also previously defence coach for Ireland Women.

Previously, he worked for three years as an Academy Coach for Exeter Chiefs, running their Developing Player Programme and Coach Development Programme in Cornwall, after retiring form a 12-year professional playing career.

To register for the Live Webinar on Wednesday, 6 April, please click HERE.