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Latest research on coaching skills to minis

in Mini tag, Podcast, Rugby coaching

Wilbur Kraak, a senior lecturer and rugby researcher at Department of Sport Science, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, has recently published his findings on the effects of a skills specific coaching education programme on the skill level of mini-rugby players. Working with Jacques Basson, their conclusions shed further light on what good practice design looks like... MORE

Managing the complexity of coaching

in Podcast, Rugby coaching

Jamie Taylor, former head of academy at Leicester Tigers and now working with English Institute of Sport, challenges us to be better as coaches. In this podcast, we discuss the following areas: How to manage the complexity of coaching Your coaching approach must suit the developmental needs of the players How former players can make... MORE

It’s not about the win, it’s about the why

in Podcast, Rugby coaching

Keri Lovell, a WRU hub officer, head coach with Vale U15s in the Dewar Shield and working across local schools, describes how he changed his approach to coaching. He tells us how he made a big adjustment after chatting to Russell Earnshaw, and discovered how much more comfortable he could be dealing with the balance between winning and performance. MORE

Smashing defence training with energy and purpose

in Defence, Podcast

Katleho Lynch is a South Africa U17s elite development coach. His passionate about defence training U18s teams at schools, plus working with provinces, clubs and universities. He has learned his trade from all parts of the rugby world and brings his energy and purpose into his sessions. In this podcast, he outlines: The key techniques... MORE

Chicken or egg? Games before skills or vice versa

in Podcast, Rugby coaching

Jack Pattinson, academy and DPP coach at London Irish, in the South of England, talks to me about how he plans his coaching and what principles drive his sessions. I challenge him about the balance between skills training and game training, what the future player needs to know and how he measures success. MORE

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