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February 27, 2021

Structured Development Pathway Needed

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Junior Development Manager of Morobe province, Robin Tarere, said PNG rugby needs to create a suitable and effective development plan for clubs and schools.

He said the PNG Rugby Football Union (PNGRFU) requires a structured development program to give a whole transition from ones first touches of a rugby ball to senior rugby.

This in turn could provide players with lifelong participation in the sport, both during and after their playing days.

Tarere said there is a need to move to a player centered development approach. This means that a players needs comes first rather than those of the coach, manager, administrator, parents and supporters.

According to Tarere PNGRFU needs to document a structured development pathway that provides a favorable opportunity for competitive rugby at all levels of the game.

A player development plan would ensure that players and coaches are equipped with the knowledge and skills to help maximise a players potential at the appropriate stages of their development.

This can only happen through structured programs that are guided by PNGRFU.

Tarere said in his 30 years experience in the sport as a player, coach and administrator, a reliable junior development program is the way to promote and support rugby in elementary, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions.

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