There’s been a lot of talk in rugby and football circles about the influence of one sport over the other in terms of tackling and converting crossover athletes, and ATAVUS Coach Emilie Bydwell said there are certainly approaches that work best for rugby coaches.
The Rugby World Cup has brought up, yet again, the concept of the need for the USA National Team to attract athletes from other sports. Bydwell said ATAVUS has a specific approach when working with successful athletes from football, track, or somewhere else.
With accomplished athletes new to rugby, you need to get them comfortable with the ball in their hands,” said Bydwell. “There are so many accomplished athletes who have done only one thing. With rugby requiring skills from any position, we’ve got to get the ball in their hands.”
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