Everything You Need To Know For Coaching Rugby


A comprehensive guide to rugby coaching for beginner coaches. Designed to help you build your players’ techniques, skills and understanding of the whole game from ages 8 to 16. This is a thorough guide that will help you coach with confidence, even if you’re just starting out.



With more than 100 training sessions, drills and games, Everything You Need to Know for Coaching Rugby includes everything you need to know for coaching rugby union to inexperienced players, whatever their ages. It’s a perfect guide if you are a beginner or less experienced coach because it is so comprehensive, covering:

  • Tackling – preparation, simple tackling, side on, front on, rear tackling
  • Handling – passing, catching, lateral pass, spin / torpedo pass, switch pass, passing under pressure, clearance pass, simple loops, passing to create space, offloading, passing in a narrow space, communication, picking up the ball, try scorers
  • Footwork – swerve, side step, evasion skills, advanced evasion skills
  • Kicking – punt, grubber, chip & chase, place kick, drop kick, catching a high ball
  • The ruck – setting up & joining a ruck, core ruck skills, ruck attack, ruck defence, ruck scan
  • The maul – setting up & joining a maul, securing maul ball, driving maul, defending a maul, ruck to maul
  • The scrum – the basics, building three man, five man, full scrums
  • The lineout – jumping, supporting, throw in, catch & drive
  • Match tactics – attacking channels, second phase ball, converting opportunities.

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Dan is a practising RFU Level 3 coach and WRU Course Leader. He is currently the Head Coach of Swansea Schools U15 and has previously held coaching roles with the Young Ospreys Academy and was Assistant Coach on the Wales Women's Team for the 2010 World Cup.

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