Pacey Performance Podcast

Pacey Performance Podcast #223 - Peter Tierney & Joe McGinley (Sports Scientist at Leinster Rugby and Head of Academy S&C at Leinster Rugby)

January 17, 2019

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Sports Scientist at Leinster Rugby, Peter Tierney and Head of Academy Strength & Conditioning at Leinster Rugby, Joe McGinley. These guys serve up a really interesting chat in this episode, mainly around the push and pull scenario between the long term development of a player and the short term need for them to be ready if called upon by the seniors. Also mixed in with that is the need for young athletes to be training at similar intensities to senior players so they are ready to go if/when they get the shout. There is so much to manage in this area and Pete and Joe give an amazing insight into how they do it at Leinster Rugby. I hope you enjoy this episode with Peter Tierney & Joe McGinley.

  • Who are Peter Tierney & Joe McGinley (education, background, current role)
  • Balancing long term development with short term readiness
  • Building relationships with staff to aid player development
  • Building individual player development plans
  • Player profile - clearing the mist
    • Push his Strengths, bring up his weaknesses
  • Load tolerance

Peter can be found on Twitter @petertierney93 and Joe can be found on Twitter @JoeyMcGinley

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Hawkin Dynamics, the team behind the worlds only wireless force plate system. Hawkin Dynamics can be found at and you can follow them on Twitter @hawkindynamics

This episode is also sponsored by IMeasureU. IMeasureU are a world leading inertial platform to precisely quantify body movement and workload metrics in the field. IMeasureU can be found at and you can follow them on Twitter @imeasureu.

This episode is sponsored by BLK BOX, leaders in performance training equipment & facility design. BLK BOX manufacture and distribute a full range of strength training equipment across Europe from their Headquarters in Belfast, Northern Ireland. BLK BOK can be found at and you can follow them on Twitter @blkboxfitness and Instagram @blkboxfitness.

This episode is also sponsored by Exxentric. Exxentric is a company developing innovative, science-based training equipment and methods for strength and conditioning, including the kBox, and the kPulley. Exxentric can be found at and you can follow them on Twitter @go_exxentric and Instagram @go_exxentric.

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