Rugby: Ireland to Practice Holding Ball

Posted on Feb 26, 2013 in News

 
 

It has emerged that Ireland rugby players will spend the next two weeks learning how to hold and throw a ball after another defeat in the Six Nations Championship at the weekend.

 The Irish Rugby Football Union has demanded that players who earn hundreds of thousands of euro a year each take a specialist courses in “Ball Holding and Throwing” it became clear that they were having serious issues with basic skills. The course will involve them standing still on a field and holding the rugby ball for hours at a time.



He nearly had it: Sexton tries to teach a young lad not to drop the ball

A more advanced course will then see players being played random noises through headphones whilst they hold a ball. Players will receive a certificate of competence if they don’t drop the ball.

Players looked dejected at the final whistle in Murrayfield where Ireland lost 12-8 to Scotland. The game ended when one Irish player was unable to complete a complicated “catch task”.

A spokesman said, “we have been stressing to the players from a young age that the objective is to throw the ball TO another player and not at the ground and most of them are still finding this very difficult despite the large amount of money we give them.”


Mike McCarthy drops the ball


Rugby relies heavily on human’s primary motor neuron skills and eye-hand co-ordination to catch the large foot-long ball – something Ireland’s professional players have been struggling with of late.

“Catching is a very hard skill to learn”, said one frustrated player after Sunday’s game, “most people wouldn’t realise it until they try it. It’s easily as hard as not dropping your lunch tray in the canteen or holding on to your poo when you're not in a toilet”.



He-Slip: Captain Droppy drops the ball.


The IRFU is said to be considering a change of coach as current Cork bainisteoir Declan Kidney has spent over three years trying to teach players to throw, catch and hold a ball with only moderate success.  

A source close to the coach said “sometimes the players remember but recently they’ve been forgetting a lot. Dropping the ball just seems like more fun so it’s hard work trying to encourage them not to do it.”



And again a few minutes later

Others believe that Ireland rugby players may be spending too much time in front of mirrors practicing cringing “hard faces” for advertisements instead of practicing the three crucial skills of throwing, catching and holding. 



Carlow lad Seán O'Brien tries his luck at holding the ball

 

 
September 2014: Cork Gig Preview

September 2014: Cork Gig Preview

Jungle Brothers, Paul Van Dyk and Lloyd Cole come to Cork and Coughlans Live festival kicks off at the end of the month..

Read More

Win Tickets for The ‘Live’ Last Waltz

Win Tickets for The ‘Live’ Last Waltz

10 piece band play the music from Martin Scorsese famous documentary. Win yourself a pair of tickets for the Sunday 7th September show....

Read More

Red Shoots - Tons of New Businesses Opening in Cork

Red Shoots - Tons of New Businesses Opening in Cork

The papers would make you think otherwise but there are a ton of new businesses opening their doors in Cork city centre. Here are some of the latest...

Read More

Cork Beat Tipp 3-0 in Flares

Cork Beat Tipp 3-0 in Flares

Cork scored a major victory over Tipperary fans in Dublin on Sunday as they managed to light three red flares while Tipp remained scoreless...

Read More

Space Station Banter with Cork Air Traffic Control Revealed

Space Station Banter with Cork Air Traffic Control Revealed

Transcripts of conversation between PROC tower in Knocka and the International Space Station as it passed over Cork on Sunday night

Read More

 
 

Advertising