Gordon D’Arcy: Time to get provincial players out of the gym and back playing for their clubs

Less structured nature of club game perfect to help develop key skills for young players

Gordon D’Arcy in action for Lansdowne  during an All-Ireland League game against Garryowen in March 2000. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

Gordon D’Arcy in action for Lansdowne during an All-Ireland League game against Garryowen in March 2000. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

A primary challenge for elite young rugby players these days is to avoid being overtrained and underplayed. Playing matches is the ultimate development tool, particularly from a rugby IQ perspective, and no amount of training is going to have the same net benefit in that process.

The emphasis should always be on playing a sport, it’s the best learning environment, provided that young players are not weighed down by a playbook the size of a telephone directory.

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