Students tackle All Blacks Strength and Conditioning Coach

Nic Gill - All Blacks coach - Dean Parsons Karl New Ian Jeffreys

USW Sport students had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to question one of the New Zealand All Blacks' top coaches. 

Nic Gill, Strength and Conditioning Coach for the rugby world champions, was invited to give a talk to students by Dean Parsons, course leader for rugby coaching. The All Blacks were training at the USW Sport Park ahead of their autumn international clash against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

In an entertaining presentation, Nic gave an insight into how the All Blacks use technology to keep their players in peak physical condition: 

"The key thing for us is that we don't have a permanent base, so everything must be portable. Everything I need is carried around in six suitcases, and that makes us focus on the important things."

"The GPS technology we used to use took three hours to download its data, and there was so much data. Now I use a system which does it in fifteen minutes and only gives me the information that I want, and I can use it quickly."

Professor Ian Jeffreys, Senior Lecturer for USW's BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning course, said: "The work that goes on behind the scenes in monitoring their performance, and basing training around this analysis, allows them to train and play at the highest level throughout their extended season."