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A World Rugby Level 1 in Strength and Conditioning Course was facilitated by Fiji Rugby Unions Head of S&C and current Sevens Team S&C Coach Naca Cawanibuka. This was for the rugby provincial unions of Fiji. A total of 24 participants attended and it did not disappoint the participants. Former National Sevens Coach Josateki Savou was a participant of the course said that it was very educational and made him realize how much he still has to learn. Former National lock forward and current Nadroga capatain Sekonaia Kalou was also a participant and said after the course that he now realizes the amount of work put in by our trainers.



S&C Course

Provincial Unions members after the World Rugby Level 1 Strength & Conditioning Course.


World Rugby Level 1 Strength & Conditioning Course Content

Within its six modules, the Level 1 course will address eight key topics:

  • Long Term Player Development Pathway
  • Functional screening
  • Anatomical Adaptation
  • Demands of the game
  • Principles of training
  • Speed and intermittent sprint endurance
  • Periodisation
  • Recovery


The Level 1 course will expand on the physical conditioning content in the Rugby Ready course. The topics addressed will seek to enhance the coach’s knowledge and understanding of Strength and Conditioning for the Rugby player. In particular, the course will introduce the coach to the Long Term Player Development Pathway in a practical manner. A simple yet informative Functional Screen will be outlined. The coach will then be introduced to the concept and practice of ‘Anatomical Adaptation’, or preparing the player to be fit to train, practice and play. This approach to physical conditioning emphasises a combination of stability, mobility and strength training activities while simultaneously engaging in Rugby-related activities.

The coach will study the physical demands of the game as well as the principles of training. These will allow the coach to integrate physical conditioning into a more game-related conditioning process. Practical guidelines for conducting the warm-up and cool-down will be discussed and described. Principles of the important component of speed will be discussed. Practical examples of speed, multi-sprint/activity conditioning and conditioned games will be outlined.

FRU CEO, John O’Connor said that by conducting these S&C courses, there will be a better understanding by the participants of the other work involved when it comes to coaching a team in terms of skills, diet, and fitness and player development. This course was part of FRU’s long term plans in developing and educating the local provincial coaches in line with World Rugby’s requirements for educating and developing coaches.






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