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PSA Academies Coaches Q&A – Ben Swindlehurst (Irish Academies)

By June 12, 2019June 19th, 2019No Comments

We’re delighted to welcome Ben Swindlehurst to the Head Coaching roster for the upcoming PSA Rugby Academies in Ireland this summer.  Ben, who has worked with us on our previous High Performance Rugby Clinics in Limerick in 2018 and 2019, brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience from his time in his native New Zealand and his career in Ireland.

Read more about Ben’s career to date in his profile Q&A plus see the full Head Coaching Team for the  PSA Rugby Academy Roscrea here and Rugby Academy Limerick here.

Question/Area Answer
Full Name Ben Swindlehurst
Clubs as Player Newbridge RFC, Cashel RFC, Young Munster, Garryowen, Naas RFC

Leinster Juniors


Hosie Cup Winner
AIL Promotion – Naas RFC

Current Coaching Position(s) Backs/Skills Coach – Naas RFC
SCT Coach – Glenstal Abbey 
Coaching Honours 2018 Munster Schools Senior Cup – Glenstal Abbey
Coaching Speciality Backs, Attack, Skills Coach
Coaching Pet Hates Not working hard
Most Likely To Say When Coaching Stay Square!
Least Likely To Say When Coaching Don’t try that!
Best Player You Played With? Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi
Best Coach? Jimmy O’Brien (Leinster)

Ben Healy (Munster)

Which C.A.R.D.S. feature is Most Important for A Young Player? (Creativity, Awareness, Resilience, Decision Making, Self Organisation)? Resilience
Favourite Physical Exercise? Hang Pull
Most Looking Forward To At The PSA Rugby Academy? Developing new local & international talent
Dream Coaching Job? All Blacks Coaching Team
Best Rugby Experience To Date? Hopefully it’s still to come
Favourite Current Player? Beauden Barrett
Favourite Rugby Ground? The Mardyke (UCC)
Favourite Pro Rugby Jersey? Jaguares
Favourite Rugby Podcast/Programme? The Rugby Pod
Who Wins the 2019 RWC? All Blacks