In Lockdown planning: Quick ruck ball sessions, we focused on applying pressure on the defence. Now, let's plan for the other side of the ball. France's defence coach, Shaun Edwards says that it is his main metric for success: slowing down ruck possession. To enhance learning, you are better off focusing on an “arc” of learning for a specific area. This means spreading out the training over a number of weeks, rather than dedicating one session to this. MORE
Introducing the Rugby Coach Weekly Coaching Classroom – A new way to coach.
The Coaching Classroom removes the constraints imposed by the time you have with your players giving you a wide range of ways to introduce and develop key principles of the game – without limiting the amount of time players spend with a ball in their hands.
We’ve started by addressing the Principles of Play with a lesson on that all-important element of Go Forward. You can access the lesson plan here. Then, each week, we’ll give you a new lesson plan to deliver to your players online.
Covering a range of topics and aimed at players 12+, our new lesson plans are a valuable tool in developing students of the game, giving them:
The ability to read the game and how to influence it
A stronger connection between what’s being coached and why
A wider understanding of why games can be won or lost
Lessons are versatile giving you the flexibility to use them in a way that best suits you. Designed to take around 30 minutes you can devote as long or as little as time allows to bring your players up to speed.
As a teacher myself, I’ve seen the best lesson plans in the world fall apart for almost every reason you can imagine so I designed these lessons to be as easy to deliver as possible, with little or no background in teaching.
A convenient way to coach
Our lesson plans put you in control of your players’ rugby knowledge by giving you the tools you need and letting you find the best way to use them.
You can deliver lessons in person at the clubhouse or in the dressing room. If you have access to a TV screen or projector that’s great. But it doesn’t matter if you don’t. Just print out what you need.
There’s even a slimmed down version that you can present before a training session. You can get busy with your printer and laminator or just use the overview and questions.
If you can’t get your players together in person Masterclasses can be delivered online using Zoom, Facebook Live or any other off-the-shelf conferencing tool. It’s up to you if you want to deliver your class live at a set time, or if you’d rather pre-record it and have players watch in their own time.
You can also be selective. Invite the whole team, playing units or even individual players who would like or would benefit from a stronger understanding of how to play rugby.
Without lifting a finger
These lessons are a great way to engage players’ parents. Forward the files to them and give parents the chance to run through the lesson with their child. It’s a great way to give parents a way to bond with their child over their love of rugby, whilst educating the parent at the same time. And particularly useful if training is cancelled at the last minute because of the weather.
One-off classes or a regular course – you choose
The lessons fit together to create a regular coaching programme but they’ve been designed to be flexible and can be delivered as standalone classes. Whether your team is struggling in a particular area and you want to focus on it or you just fancy trying something different, you can pick what you want, and deliver it when you want to.
Everything you need at your fingertips
Our lessons give you everything you need to deliver them online or offline, to individuals, groups, teams or even the entire club.
A lesson plan and presentation notes
The lesson plan and presentation notes set out what you’ll be coaching and an outline for how to coach it. I’ll give you the objectives and outcomes, an overview of the 30 minute session, suggested timings, questions to ask and model answers.
A set of PDF slides to guide your players through the lesson. You can bring them up on screen, email them to players or print them out as needed. There are two versions of the slides, one with embedded videos and one without.
As well as the embedded videos you’ll get a set of links that mean you or you players can access them any time.
Each lesson comes with an online quiz that I’ve set for players to show they’ve taken everything on board. It’s entirely optional but a great way to show that your class has “stuck” and it gives you a way to reward players with a certificate. There’s no grading and no exam stress for the players!
I’ve taken the certificate and added that too so you can always choose to present them to players without the need to take the quiz. Simply recognise their participation and encourage them to carry on throughout the course and collect the set.
Use your Rugby Coach Weekly membership to choose from a selection of drills, games and session plans I’ve curated from the RCW library and give your players a chance to put what they’ve learnt into practice.
Engage your players
Our partnership with the Guinness Pro 14 means your players can watch and analyse the performance of world class players throughout the lessons adding greater engagement.
After the class players can go and complete the quiz and earn a certificate plus we give you ideas for additional tasks to keep them thinking about the key takeaways.
What coaches are saying
“Love this, easy to understand and implement, as someone who isn’t a teacher I like how you have explained to not fill in the blanks, and allow them to ‘brainstorm’ together.”
Tony Wilkinson – Age grade chair of Scunthorpe RFC
“I like the way it’s broken down into easily digestible chunks, making it ideal for quick learning and sharing – and I like the way a coach/player/parent could easily watch/read and learn.”
Andy Stevens – Age grade chair of Ellingham and Ringwood RFC
“I love this. I did the online version the other week….certificate was lovely thank you!!!”
Eamonn Hogan – Coaching Consultant @ US Pro Rugby
“I am seriously impressed with this, it is clear and easily understood, without jargon. All in all excellent stuff”
Jamie Green – Director of rugby for Royston Rugby, a lead coach for Saracens/Herts DPP, RFU all schools coach
“A perfect lesson to deliver in the current climate as well as when we’re back to normal and sessions are being rained off!”
Tim Ravenscroft – Sector Head Age Grade Rugby @ Gloucestershire RFU
Ready to get started?
Click on the first lesson below to access everything you need to run your first class. we’ve done everything for you, so all you need to do is set a time and get your players online.
It’s that easy!
This class will help your players master the basic tactics and skills associated with Counter Attack, one of the Defensive Principles of Play. MORE
This class will help your players master the basic tactics and skills associated with Contest Possession, one of the Defensive Principles of Play. MORE
This class will help your players master the basic tactics and skills associated with Apply Pressure, one of the Defensive Principles of Play. MORE
This class will help your players master the basic tactics and skills associated with Support, one of the Defensive Principles of Play. MORE
This class will help your players master the basic tactics and skills associated with Go Forward, one of the Defensive Principles of Play. MORE
This class will help your players master the basic tactics and skills associated with Gain Possession, one of the Attacking Principles of Play. MORE
This class will help your players master the basic tactics and skills associated with Applying Pressure, one of the Attacking Principles of Play. MORE
This class will help your players master the basic tactics and skills associated with Continuity, one of the Attacking Principles of Play. MORE
This class will help your players master the basic tactics and skills associated with Support, one of the Attacking Principles of Play. MORE