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Mike Forde and Dave Brailsford in Elite Think Tank

31st January 2013

Dave Brailsford, the man behind Britain's Olympic cycling success has set up a unique talking shop of leading coaches from across different sports, including Stuart Lancaster, England's head rugby union coach; Mike Forde, director of football operations at Chelsea; Geoff McGrath of McLaren and Damien Comolli, Liverpool's former director of football.

The group is a forum for sharing ideas and practices across sport, and the members are hoping to attract wider involvement from across Europe and the US.

Brailsford believes that there is much to be gained through sporting crossover, something that has been achieved in Olympic sports but remains rare in larger team sports such as football and rugby union.

The group will reconvene once the Six Nations is finished. Lancaster said: "I am really keen on the continued exchange of ideas between high-level coaches. This is the early stage but I am very hopeful something fruitful will come out of it."

Brailsford has a history of bringing coaches from outside cycling into the sport – including Shaun Stephens, Australia's Olympic triathlon coach – and is renowned for his attention to marginal gains, credited as a cornerstone of the success of Britain's Olympic cyclists.

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