Mens - Info

Longford Early (J1) XV play in Leinster League 1B. Longford Early (J2) XV play in Leinster Seconds League 1B, with matches kicking off 1.5 hours before the Early XV.  Longford also play in the Midland League & the Provincial Towns Cup.  Longford Senior Men have an excellent coaching set up for 2018-2019 season:
New Zealander Glenn Baskett who has been Longford's Backs Coach for the last few years takes up the Head Coach reigns.  Glenn’s main partner in crime for the last three seasons, Niall Moran, has stepped up to the overall Director of Rugby position for the club. Glenn is overseeing the whole Senior Men’s set up with a number of assistant coaches; Kieran O’Gorman will be Player/Coach looking after Defence and Lineouts, Alan Campbell is looking after Contact Skills and S&C, Rob Lee also looking after Defence and the Early Team, Karen Lennon continues as Manager along with Steve Coy who will focusing on the Early side. “We have given specific roles to the assistant coaches as opposed to wide roles, the reasoning being the coaches specifically can concentrate on those areas on game day and the players can be sure of getting feedback to that area of their game.”

Longford Head Coach, Glenn Baskett and Family with All Black Head Coach Steve Hansen.

One big development for the coming season is that all games will have full video analysis with players and the team receiving collective and individual feedback.

Glenn is also long term friends with Ex-All Black Coach Wayne Smith, as a mentor over the years he is invaluable, and who he is in regular contact with and who provides feedback for the team and Glenn. As well as providing insight to the inner workings of a high performance environment.

Also Glenn has spent time in the off season learning how the Dublin GAA have grown their players through their development squads. He has done some work with a coach involved in Dublin GAA circles. “I have found the way they work with their players and grow the players skill set in GAA is very interesting, there is a huge emphasis on developing the skill and from that the player grows, and from that the team grows. I believe any sport can learn from any other sport, it’s fascinating.”       

Finally, Glenn has been working with renowned Sports Psychologist Jason Brennan on the mental side of the game.  Brennan recently brought out a great book called ‘Win’ in conjunction with rugby pundit, Brent Pope, on mental skills for rugby and life, which is highly recommended.

“Working with Jason in the off season has been incredibly insightful, and opened me up to how we work with players, and how they react to what we say and do.”
Longford Senior Men train every Tuesday and Friday night at 7.45 PM with Leinster League Matches normally on a Sunday.
If you are interested in playing for Longford or would like more information please give Director of Rugby Niall Moran a ring on 087 9185073.