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Leonard's words of advice
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Jason Leonard and Clive Woodward share a joke
Jason and Clive have sat through plenty of team talks
If there's one rugby player who's been there, done that and bought the T-shirt, it's Jason Leonard.

Jason takes the Academy behind the scenes of an England half-time team talk - and tells us how to handle the critics in the newspapers.



Jason Leonard


Half-time is an important time for the players to recover, regroup and discuss tactics for the second half.

Every England game, every player is psyched up, buzzing from the first half.

But the coaching staff are very good at taking a step back and telling us "you're doing this well, but you're not doing that so well".

It's very professional, there are no emotional feelings coming through.

If people are ranting and raving, you don't get your point across.

And at the highest level, you only need to remind the players about two or three important bits of information.

You have to remember everything on the pitch is flying past you at 100mph.

So it's important you don't overload the players and give them complicated instructions, otherwise they won't understand the information they're being given.

Our coaching staff, especially coach Clive Woodward, are very good at that.


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The team-talk
Silencing the critics

Jason Leonard facts
Date of Birth: 14 August 1968
Place of Birth: Barking, Essex
Height: 5ft 11in
Weight: 17.5 st
Clubs: Barking, Saracens, Harlequins
Position: Prop
England debut: 28 Jul 1990 against Argentina



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