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# mental skills

Last week
29th January 2023 - 4th February 2023
# mental skills
'I’m obsessed with why teams keep being successful, why they stay at the top'
Andy Farrell is a big Man City fan but he had great admiration for Alex Ferguson’s Man United.
Last year
2022
# mental skills
Johnny Sexton: 'Two years ago, we would have lost that game'
Andy Farrell said he was ‘over the moon’ with Ireland’s bonus-point win.
All time
# mental skills
Farrell credits Gary Keegan for improving mental side of Ireland's game
The renowned high-performance specialist started working with Farrell’s squad last year.
# experience
Ireland draft in high-performance coach Gary Keegan to work on mental skills
Keegan was a key figure in the transformation of Irish boxing.
# Hindsight
Performance anxiety, style of play, underestimating Japan - The IRFU's World Cup review
The union’s performance director, David Nucifora, also stressed the need to focus on Irish players’ skills.
'My biggest issue is that I probably put too much pressure on myself as an individual'
JJ Hanrahan is having a strong season for Munster as the influence of Stephen Larkham shines through.
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'Years ago everything was done through fear of losing': Earls admires healthy confidence of new breed
The Ireland wing has developed a quiet confidence through the years and an ability to stop himself from doing unnecessary damage to his body.
# mental skills
Forward thinking: Keith Earls prepares himself for action with daily visualisation work
The Munster and Ireland flyer takes half an hour aside each day to work his mind through the game ahead.
# Win
'We need these skills more than ever before to stop us slipping into mental illness'
Brent Pope and Jason Brennan have teamed up to write the newly-published Win.
# mental strength
Damian Browne on the capsizes, calm, blood and tears of his epic solo row across the Atlantic
We caught up with the former Connacht and Leinster lock as he rested up in Antigua after an incredible 4,800km solo row versus rough seas.
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'When you're not able to do something, it becomes mental': McGrath ready to roar again
The loosehead prop took a look at his game in order to get back to enjoying himself on the field again.
# Mind Games
Mental skills: How telling yourself a good story can lead to success
Performance narratives are key to battling negative thoughts.
# mental skills
Meditation will help you perform better, so here's how to get started
Meditation is as important for an athlete as engine oil is for a high-performance engine.
# mental skills
'A big part of the change for the better was when I had kids' - Nacewa
The Leinster captain talks about his mental skills journey since Joe Schmidt sparked his interest.
# mental skills
Here's how to build your self-belief for sports, work and all aspects of life
Mental skills coach Jason Brennan outlines how we can reframe self-belief into ability-belief.
# column
Mental skills: Your journey to becoming more resilient starts here
Jason Brennan is back with an examination of the factors that go into being a resilient competitor.
# mental skills
Strength-based thinking can help you build self-esteem and perform better
Mental skills coach Jason Brennan’s latest column details the process of SBT.
# mental skills
Here's how to deal with the negative thoughts brought on by pressure
Mental skills coach Jason Brennan returns to look at internally produced psychological pressure.
# mental skills
Pressure isn't just for tyres, but it needs to be fit for purpose in sports
Mental skills coach Jason Brennan begins a series of columns with part one of an examination of pressure.
# mental skills
'I was forever thankful for avoiding probably the worst hangover of all time'
As he rehabs after shoulder surgery, Luke Fitzgerald remains confident about life under Joe Schmidt.
# Isa Isa Isa
Leinster announcement on Nacewa signing expected early next week
The 32-year-old is set for a comeback after two seasons out of the game.
# Composure
Pienaar: Sometimes you look calm, but you’re not calm inside
Ulster’s South African scrum-half says he will never be ‘too old or too wise to learn’.
# top two inches
All Blacks' belief in their 'processes' got them over the line
Aaron Cruden and Ryan Crotty reveal the depth of confidence the Kiwis can count on in times of stress.