RUGBY at TRC
Rugby at TRC is divided into Minis, Junior, and Youth Rugby categories, with each group following development and training practices built around World Rugby standards.
Age groups U5 - U9 are supported by the Director of Junior Rugby, Mike Jackson, while age groups U10 - U17 have a Director of Rugby, Robbie Coughlan. Both of these roles are to oversee the development of rugby within the club.
Providing access to more rugby is a priority at TRC. We demonstrate this by the organisation and running of two rugby tournaments through the year with the TRC Junior Cup for U6 - U9; and the TRC Cup for U10 and above. The Club is very proud of how successful the two tournaments have been and continue to find ways to diversify and grow the competition with teams coming from Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore to compete. Having a strong competition raises the skill level across all the age groups. Read more about the TRC Cup by clicking HERE.
Pathways for Player Development
Across all age groups, there is a pathway development program that is structured to ensure each player develops the basic skills to be able to participate and enjoy the game of rugby.
Each year we have identified the next skill or level of skill that is to be developed such that when players reach the oldest age group with the Professional Coaches they all have the foundation in place that enables them to really develop as rugby players.
By using the pathway in training sessions that include skill development and appropriate games to further hone those skills, players get exposed to testing their skill and decision making. At TRC we realise all players want to play rugby and not such practice. Being in game situations is an important part of player development.
At TRC we look to ensure when players return to their home countries they are well skilled to fold easily into their next development program. It has often been the case that players are at such a skill level when they return to their home country that they later go on to challenge in Under-Age National representation.
Player pathway and development of all rugby skills are an integral part of the player development program at TRC.
The Pathway program stages:
STAGE 1 - U6 - U8 - FUNDAMENTALS OF RUGBY
STAGE 2 - U9 - U12 - LEARNING TO PLAY
STAGE 3 - U13 - ISLANDERS - THE DEVELOPING PLAYER
Each stage has a core set of competencies both skill and athletic based required to move to the next stage in the players 'rugby life'.
Junior Rugby Clubs of Singapore League
TRC is a founding member of the Junior Rugby Clubs of Singapore (JRCS) which is a league based tournament run in the first six months of the year from U10 upwards.
U10 and U11 age groups play 12 a-side while U12 and above play 15 a-side. TRC home games are normally on Saturday mornings at the TRC pitches.
Formed in 2014, TRC has been successful each year with a number of our age groups reaching and winning the finals.
The format of the competition provides our rugby players a more regular opportunity to experience game competition.
The younger age groups also have their own mini league tournament spread over a shorter number of weeks.
Further details can be found at JRCS by clicking HERE.
Tournaments and Tours
As a Club, we participate in all the clubs competitions in Singapore and attend competitions in Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Indonesia. Specific age groups have toured to Sri Lanka and Australia and we regularly host touring schools and clubs from Australia, Hong Kong, India, and the UK.
In 2018 our plans to tour include an Islanders tour to Sri Lanka, a whole club tour to the KL Tigers Tournament in Malaysia, a Sevens Tournament in Kolkata (India), as well as tournaments to play in Hong Kong and Bali.
Collaboration with UFIT
UFIT is a premier fitness company set up in Singapore by James Forrester (ex-England International). In collaboration with UFIT, we use their highly qualified rugby coaches to deliver our in-house coach development programs, deliver age-appropriate training sessions and specialised clinics to hone key skills.
Having access to UFIT coaches and their wealth of knowledge ensure both the TRC coaches and players are all exposed to the latest developments in the game.