Brisbane premier rugby coaches Tim Grady and Paul Healy will be back in action with the Young Brahmans this weekend at Brothers.
Brisbane premier rugby coaches Tim Grady and Paul Healy will be back in action with the Young Brahmans this weekend at Brothers. FILE

Top coaches prime squad

COACH of the Young Brahmans, Jack Wright, knows this will be a big week for his squad as they prepare for the start of their representative program.

The festive season break is over and now it’s back to work for the youngsters who trained with the full Brahmans squad last night.

“This week is all about assessing them,” Wright said.

To date Wright has not cut squad numbers, in fact he has been adding to the group some players who have recently moved to Rockhampton.

This weekend two of the top coaches in the state, Paul Healy and Tim Grady, come to town, working with the players on Saturday and then attending a trial match of squad members on

Sunday.

“We are keeping together the whole squad of 50 players,” Wright said.

That is until Sunday afternoon when the coaching staff cut the squad to more manageable

numbers.

Wright said making the cut is only fair to the players as he would be unable to guarantee time on the park even if they have been regular attendees at training.

The sessions with Healy (assistant coach of the Ballymore Tornadoes in the only season of the defunct Australian Rugby Championship and currently with University) and Grady (a Brisbane premier competition coach now with Wests and former forward with a wealth of experience) are not just an opportunity for the players to learn new skills.

“These are high-level guys,” Wright said.

The coach said having them carrying out sessions gives him an opportunity to observe and catch up on coaching techniques used at top clubs in the state.

“They will be doing some work on scrummaging and at the

breakdown,” he said.

Healy and Grady are no strangers to Rockhampton, having conducted similar sessions for the Brahmans over the past three seasons.

Wright also knows what Grady is capable of, having played rugby with him on a tour of Ireland in 1992.

Wright said Grady’s knowledge of technique in the scrum is worth tapping into.

Following that tour of Ireland Grady was signed by London Irish, where his own technique was put under pressure, having to pack down in slippery underfoot

conditions.

Wright said Healy and Grady would carry out their coaching sessions at Brothers field as that is where the scrum machine is at present located.

Following the trial matches on Sunday the pair will return to Brisbane that afternoon.



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