AND ANOTHER THING . . .
To some extent it is innate, and quality coaching can hone it to a degree, but learning to make correct decisions under pressure is largely down to repeated exposure to situations where the art must be practised, which is why players from countries with superior sporting cultures have a huge competitive advantage. That is why, for Scottish rugby, the intervention of Frank Hadden, the former Scotland head coach, was so vital if we are to have any chance of maintaining our place in world rugby, let alone bridging the gap to the elite. The system he introduced is far from perfect but it is a start, albeit its success also depends on how much local and national politicians are prepared to do to improve the state school sporting environment.