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The trouble with self-imposed principles

As a player Dean Ryan, 49, the current Director of Rugby at Worcester Warriors, was a tough, rock-hard, uncompromising, sometimes belligerent, Number 8 good enough to have won 6 caps for England – in other words, a top class forward but not a world-class one.

When his playing career was over, he rapidly proved to be a top-class coach and rugby thinker, as became apparent via his media and punditry work. This transition is a well-known phenomenon in most sports – for example, many a current elite footballer manager never quite made the grade in their playing career.

Here’s a link to a perceptive article that he has written on the subject of elite rugby academies, as appears today on the website of – THE GUARDIAN

About Sandra McDonnell

As an Englishwoman married to a Scot, Sandra experiences some tension at home during Six Nations tournaments. Her enthusiasm for rugby was acquired through early visits to Fylde club matches with her father and her proud boast is that she has missed only two England home games at Twickenham since 1995. Sandra has three grown-up children, none of whom follow rugby. More Posts