Help My Players Can’t Tackle

Get Real Answers to Real Coaching Questions
Dan Cottrell

Whoever said coaching is easy isn’t telling the whole story. Coaches often face problems that need a little extra help to resolve.

From the Ask Dan pages of Rugby Coach Weekly, Help – My Players Can’t Tackle! is a collection of real questions from real coaches, with ways of resolving them to keep players engaged and focused on training and match day.


This book is a collection of real questions and answers from real coaches with ways of resolving them, as well as sessions to keep players engaged and focused at training and on match day.

Get help with a variety of problems

Help – My Players Can’t Tackle! focuses on 3 areas coaches commonly find challenging:

  • Skills: how do you solve technical problems like poor tackling, handling and rucking, what activities can be used to improve these skills, how do you organise sessions to develop better players
  • Tactics: developing tactics that suit your team, can beat rivals, new plays and ideas to put into your game plan
  • Management: controlling players, running sessions, dealing with parents, creating the right environment, preparing for games and tournaments

Move straight to the advice you need, to help you combat the coaching problems you face.

Clever Design

Each page follows the same simple format, with added suggested activities to help you implement the advice you have received from Dan. These activities have clear illustrations giving you the opportunity to easily visualise the movements and practices involved in each drill.

You can buy Help – My Players Don’t Listen! in two formats:

Ebook – store on your computer. You can simply print out the session you need to use on the day. You can also copy or print as many copies as you like for distribution to your players and colleagues in your club.

Perfect bound printed book – a professional appearance. You are able to stack and display effectively and it is practical when you need to find a session quickly.

Both formats – get the best of both and SAVE money. Combine the benefits of immediate ebook delivery and the ease of printing individual drills with the practicality and durability of the colour printed version.


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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.