Dan Cottrell’s Rugby Tactics Made Simple

72 of the Game's Tactical Concepts in Simple, Plain Language
Dan Cottrell

Like other disciplines, rugby has a jargon of its own.

Unless the meanings are explained they can be meaning-less.

That’s why I’ve explained them in plain, simple English and with large, clear illustrations in my manual Rugby Tactics Made Simple.

But not only that, you’ll learn how to coach the tactics with my tips. If you’re new to coaching or prefer a more simple style this is a great, straightforward introduction to rugby tactics.

“It highlights the key fundamentals of all aspects of play & gives coaches a good understanding of terminology and techniques at the highest level”

– Richard Whiffin, assistant coach at London Irish


The contents cover the following eleven main areas:

Kick-offs: Where to kick, how to chase, and how to receive a restart kick

Contact: How to win rucks and mauls, and how to attack close to the breakdown

Handling: Interplay tactics that mix forwards and backs

Attack: How to break down defences in open play using patterns of play

Backs moves: Set piece decoy moves to release your most dangerous backs

Kicks to score: Score tries with your kicking tactics

Counter attack: How to cover and return opposition kicks

Scrum: Manipulating the scrum and how to attack from scrums

Lineouts: How to win lineouts and then attack from them

Defence: How to stop opponents in open play and from set pieces

Exits: How to clear your lines and get the ball out of your 22m area

I hope this gives you a flavour of the contents.

This is one of the most exciting products we have published and I’m sure you will never of heard of many of these tactics.

With Rugby Tactics Made Simple you are making an investment in your own knowledge that you can then pass on to your players.

So what are you waiting for? Take your coaching to a higher level of expertise!


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5 reviews for Dan Cottrell’s Rugby Tactics Made Simple

  1. Richard Whiffin

    Richard Whiffin

    “It highlights the key fundamentals of all aspects of play & gives coaches a good understanding of terminology and techniques at the highest level”

    – Richard Whiffin, assistant coach at London Irish

  2. Ryszard Chadwick

    Ryszard Chadwick

    “Rugby Tactics Made Simple is a great tool for novice through to Level 2 coaches.

    Having all the basic terminology in one place is incredibly useful and the level of simplicity in the manual makes it very clear to follow.

    I feel this would be very useful not just for coaches but for players. I would definitely recommend purchasing this manual”.

    – Ryszard Chadwick, coach educator with World Rugby and USA rugby, and academy manager with Play Rugby USA

  3. Clive Woodward

    Clive Woodward

    “This is an essential manual for coaches at all levels, it’s well illustrated and full of easy-to-understand explanations”.

    – Sir Clive Woodward, the World Cup Winning former England coach

  4. Phil Sharpe

    Phil Sharpe

    “A valuable tool that covers the complicated topic of tactics.

    With clear diagrams and easy to follow instructions, this manual is simple, clear and effective.

    Rugby Tactics Made Simple is a vital part of my coaching toolkit, as it will be for you”.

    – Phil Sharpe – coach of Lowestoft and Yarmouth Senior Men’s side, Northampton Saints DPP – UK

  5. Joe Harwood

    Joe Harwood

    “Rugby Tactics Made Simple is a great piece.

    It’s a thorough, interesting and comprehensive breakdown of rugby tactics. It provides simple yet extremely useful information for rugby coaches.

    The manual is professional, interesting and I will certainly be using some of these ideas with my teams. “.

    – Joe Harwood, Sports Coach at Pangbourne College, freelance Rugby Community Coach for London Irish, Rugby Coach for Berkshire and Berkshire Youth

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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.