The England rugby coach, Eddie Jones, has recently been praising the training techniques of Tony Pulis after he enjoyed watching the West Brom train. On Thursday, the England rugby coach travelled to the Baggies’ training ground to watch them and saw close up just how Pulis gets the most out of his players.
The training technique used is a hands-on method that sees Pulis drill the players closely and also incorporates sports science into the session. The style is creative and made a big impression on Eddie Jones.
New Training Techniques
The clubs are always searching for new techniques to train the players more effectively, and there is a good balance between coaching and sports science going on behind the scenes at West Brom. This helps to maximise the club’s resources.
The England rugby coach is known for his severe techniques, which have been likened to an army drill. With this in mind, Jones was impressed with the similar “sergeant major” style of Pulis.
Jones commented that he saw Pulis “out on the field barking instructions” and was impressed that he was so hands-on in leading the team.
It is refreshing to see the coach actively coaching on the pitch instead of giving instructions from a distance. This active involvement can really make the difference in getting the most out of the players.
A Great Start for West Brom
Pulis’s methods have certainly ben helping West Brom at the start of the new season, and he has praised their “great” start and their “fantastic” recent results.
The physical, mental and social side of the game of football is the same in rugby, so both managers were able to have a useful interchange of ideas to help develop all areas of the game. One method they both would endorse is effective rugby drills for training sessions.
Rugby drills help players to practise all areas of the game, from attacking to defending and set pieces. They can be found online at expert sites such as https://www.sportplan.net/drills/Rugby/, so it is easy for players of all levels to benefit from drills.
The visit from Jones to Pulis’s training ground not only helped Jones to get some pointers for his own training methods; it was also an opportunity for Pulis and Jones to exchange ideas, so both managers benefited.