About Rugby Coach Weekly

For nearly 20 years Rugby Coach Weekly has supported grassroots coaches be their best, with tried and tested rugby drills, practice plans and advice from the touchline.  And we’re still at the cutting edge of learning to play rugby, drawing on the latest coaching techniques, while still reminding our community about the tried and tested methods

We provide a rugby coaching resource informed by hands-on experience and understanding of what it takes to be an effective grassroots coach and team manager.

We’re passionate about improving the quality of coaching and giving coaches the resources they need at every age group and all levels.

Rugby Coach Weekly was launched in its current form in 2007 and now has over 3000 issues of coaching content covering everything from mini’s, to sevens, to new techniques and ideas for experienced coaches.

We also offer a huge range of rugby coaching manuals and DVDs to help you improve every area of your game.


Our story


2017             relaunched

2016                      500th issue of Rugby Coach Weekly

2014                      Rugby Coaching Curriculum: New book series kicks off with EasiCoach U7-U8 – still one of our bestsellers.

2013                      Rugby Coach Weekly digital magazine redesign

Rugby Coach Weekly content now on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

2007                      First issue of Rugby Coach Weekly (incorporating Rugby Coach Junior) published as well as BetterRugbyCoaching newsletter and an online shop for our coaching resources.

2006                      Rugby Coach Junior launched

2005                      Smart sessions launched

2004                      50 Great Backs Moves launched, the first Rugby Coach manual

2003                      Rugby Coach, a magazine for all coaches launches two months before England win the Rugby World Cup


About Dan Cottrell


Over 10 seasons as head coach and editor of Rugby Coach Weekly, Dan has provided thousands of subscribers worldwide with drills, insight and advice covering all aspects of coaching.

A former player for Bath and Bristol, Dan is a level 3 coach, level 2 referee and course tutor. He has coached international rugby with Wales Women, representative rugby with Ospreys U25, U18s and U16s and is currently coach with Swansea Schoolboys U15. He also coached his son’s team from U6s through U16s.

He’s a regular contributor with ConnectedCoaches and a former director of rugby at Cranleigh School. Dan’s goal is to help all coaches be the best they can be. Great coaches make great players.




Our guest contributors

Paul Tyler – A Scottish Rugby Union level 3 qualified coach currently coaching at Greenock Wanderers RFC in National division 1. He is also a former SRU rugby development officer and a qualified referee.

Mark Calverley – Based in New Zealand for the last seven years, Mark is head of physical education at Wanganui Collegiate School. He has coached the school’s 1st XV, and Wanganui District U18s, U20s, and currently the Marist Club men’s senior team.

Colin Ireland – A qualified physical education teacher with 16 years’ experience working for the Scottish Rugby Union. Colin has a vast and varied experience of coaching and teaching rugby at every level of the game from minis to international squads.

Ian Diddams – is a RFU coach tutor with over 20 years’ experience in coaching at grassroots level


Rugby Coach Weekly are proud to support the Bhubesi Pride Foundation

Bhubesi Pride Foundation sends teams of committed volunteers to carry out annual rugby coaching expeditions, using the sport as a tool for education and development in Africa.

We help to supply them with coaching information and Dan even took his expertise to Africa, watch the video below to find out more. Back in 2015 Rugby Coach Weekly head coach and editor Dan Cottrell took his expertise to Africa to train volunteer rugby coaches. Watch the video below to see more from Dan’s trip.


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