Tignes Rugby Academy Week 3 Day 3 saw finer weather finally breakthrough in Tignes, giving the players a better feel for the spectacular altitude training location it is.
After an initial briefing session to introduce the players to the drills and assessment focus for the upcoming session, it was over to Stade Eric Cantona. Once again the players split by Intermediate & Advanced groups, taking turns at different stations to develop rucking skills and techniques.
From there, the players headed back to Tignesapce for a S&C session with Coach Cathal Murtagh. With lunch as an incentive, the wider squad worked hard on the various exercises and kit selected across the stations.
In the afternoon, it was time to work in some R&R, with a trip back down to Tignes Le Lac where the Intermediate group headed to the Bag Jump, while the Advanced group had a go at the plunge jump. Next on the schedule was a Mountain Top excursion to see what all the fuss was about. On a brighter day, at 2,700M, no one is left in any doubt about the special place they are visiting for the week.
After the afternoon snack back in the teamroom, the players had another High Performance clinic with Johne and Johan to review the ruck technique from the session earlier. An important part of the learning objectives for the week is the ability to self assess on core skills, with the review sessions key in developing this awareness.
After a busy Tignes Rugby Academy Week 3 Day 3, the group were glad for a bit of R&R time in the UCPA common area, grabbing a chance to play Fussball, Pool, cards or just chatting before hitting the dining room for dinner.
The evening activity saw the group combining up with the overall UCPA camp group for some fun activities in French.
The Tignes Rugby Academy Week 3 Day 3 closed with weary bodies looking forward to the now traditional down day Thursday, which was only a sleep away.