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Fri, 8 May 2020

World Rugby Creates Series of Webinars and Workshops

World Rugby has created a series of webinars as part of a reset and readiness strategy for when global rugby activities are safe and ready to resume.

The webinars promote best practice in match management, match officiating, match preparation and leadership by World Rugby management, coaches and match officials.

At the heart of the strategy is the World Rugby Virtual High Performance Academy. Set to launch this month, the academy will provide a suite of resources and activities based on six curriculum areas: coaching, athletic performance, match officials, performance analytics, high performance and leadership.

It will be available to the whole elite performance environment from national coaches and staff through to the elite domestic personnel in the form of video resources and training tools and TED talk-style webinars via YouTube.

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A key objective of the virtual Academy is to ensure that the positive momentum in technical upskilling achieved in the emerging high performance unions over the last Rugby World Cup cycle, is maintained during this period of national team inactivity and that union high performance staff are ready to restart once competition campaigns resume.

With rugby currently in shutdown across the globe, World Rugby High Performance 15s Match Official Manager Alain Rolland has begun delivering workshops for emerging union referees and referee managers aimed at enhancing alignment and consistency. The project began with a webinar on the breakdown delivered to personnel in both South America and North America.

In the field of training and education World Rugby is continuing to work on upgrades to the established Passport online learning hub. Regional Training Managers are working with their member unions to identify needs and deliver online learning within their region. There are more than 20 online modules available, alongside a suite of resources which can be utilised virtually.

World Rugby Chairman, Sir Bill Beaumont, said, "As we navigate the unprecedented global challenge caused by the COVID19 situation, we are using the lockdown environment as an opportunity to ensure that the sport is in optimal position when we restart by sharing knowledge, delivering courses and building further capacity through a series of ground-breaking webinars and workshops. This activity is creating engagement across the globe and will enable us to continue to roll out our leadership programme and activities even though we are unable to have any face-to-face contact. It is a model for the future and one that I am sure will be very successful in strengthening our sport."

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