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The Castore Sporting Journal brings you behind the scenes insights into the world of elite sport. We seek out individuals and organisations who have demonstrated proven performance excellence over a sustained period and aim to understand what it is that gives them their edge.

Dallaglio, who was capped 85 times and played for the London club Wasps for more than 18 years, admitted to using the emotions prompted by his elder sister's death during every game. "If you find the right emotional touch points, the power of what you can achieve is phenomenal. In...

Conditioning the Lions - lessons from the 2013 tour Elite rugby players don’t happen by accident. The British and Irish Lions are the best our shores have to offer, so how do you take the best and make them better? Four years ago, the tourists claimed their first series victory...

Joel is a Team GB rower who has already made his mark on the senior stage during the past two years, winning Gold at the World and European Championships in the 2000m lightweight pair. His ambitions now are firmly set on retaining those titles in 2018 and 2019, before challenging...

Just before Atlético Madrid’s team bus arrives at the stadium for a match, the driver always puts on the same song: “Thunderstruck”, by the Australian hard-rock band AC/DC. The players blare out the lyrics: “Thunder, thunder, thunder, thunder/ I was caught/ In the middle of a railroad track. The words...

Clive Woodward set his stall out from day one when he arrived unannounced at Twickenham in September 1997 and asked to be shown to his office. An embarrassed silence ensued; there was no desk allocated, let alone an office. Remaining polite, Woodward insisted he would need his own office, computer...

Charles van Commenee is one of the most respected athletics coaches in the world. Dubbed the ‘’Volcano’’ for his sometimes explosive temper, the disciplinarian Dutchman pushes his athletes to the limit and makes a habit of exceeding targets. Fear, it seems, is a great motivator and you only need to...

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