Dan Cottrell’s Defensive Rugby Made Simple

Create a Strong, Cohesive, Defence
Dan Cottrell

Everything you need to coach a complete defence from tackling techniques to sessions and advice you can use to work on decision making skills and tactical ability.


You should be spending around a third of your time in training working on defence, it is a huge part of your game. But it can be difficult to know how to give your players all the skills they need to succeed in match situations.

Defensive Rugby Made Simple gives you exercises and advice you can use to work on your players’ decision making, tactics, and technique as well as their tackle skills.

This book will give you:

  • Ideas you can use in every session
  • Low impact exercises to hone techniques
  • Game-like situations to develop skills
  • Guidance on coaching safe technique
  • Advice on making defence matter to your players.

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Dan is a practising RFU Level 3 coach and coach educator. He coaches with the Bristol Bears DPP programme, is the assistant coach with University of Bristol Women's team and is a coach mentor for Broad Plain RFC mini and juniors section. He was Head Coach of Swansea Schools U15 and has previously held coaching roles with the Young Ospreys Academy and as Assistant Coach with the Wales Women's Team for the 2010 World Cup. He was director of rugby for Cranleigh School, Surrey. Previously he played rugby for Bath and Bristol.