International Rugby Coaching the Collectors’ Series Volume 1

A Unique View Into How the Top Coaches Work
Dan Cottrell

36 in-depth coaching articles from top coaches, covering, skills and training, set pieces and tactics and coaching and management. This is a book for experienced coaches looking for insight from experts in the game.


Featuring insights from the leading coaches and trainers from around the world.

Professional coaching articles across four books, covering:

  1. Skills and training
  2. Set pieces and tactics
  3. Coaching and management.

With easy to follow explanations and colour illustrations so you can easily follow their world class advice, these books offer a unique view of how the top coaches work.

A huge variety of ideas to keep your coaching fresh, including sessions on attacking, defending, possession, set pieces and fitness.

All of the pieces in this book have been written by coaches who have achieved many accolades in the game, whether in coaching World Cup final teams, premier league teams or educating the next set of internationals.

When I was compiling this book one of the things I was looking for was clarity of thought. Sessions that make the complicated straightforward, the jargon make sense, the playbook usable, defence achievable, management deliverable.

International Rugby Coaching is a great opportunity to learn from students of the game. The kind of coaches who learn from each other and are always looking to improve. You can find new ideas as well as guidance to improve on your existing level of coaching. Contributors include:

Dick Muir – Director of rugby at Durban club side Crusaders

Alan Solomons is a rugby union coach, who was recently the head coach at Edinburgh. Now coaching consultant at Bristol.

Ian Foster is the assistant coach of the All Blacks and a former rugby union player.

Neal Hatley  England team’s scrum coach

Damian McGrath Head coach of Canada’s national men’s sevens team

Skills & Training
Braam van StraatenKicking coach and former South African goal kickerMaking the Wallabies the world’s best goal kickers
Dick MuirSpringbok backs coach and Director of Rugby for Golden Lions (Super 15 franchise)Play more heads-up rugby
Phil DaviesForwards coach, Worcester WarriorsKeep your forwards switched on
Gruff ReesSenior skills coach at The Ospreys.Throw the magic
Damian McGrathFormer England skills coach. Now coach at Super League team Huddersfield GiantsA quick game is a good game
Neal HatleyForwards coach, London Irish, Aviva PremiershipLineout training: physical and mental workouts
Tosh AskewLeicester Tigers Academy coachBanish the drift attack
Phil MackHead of Strenght and Conditioning with The Ep Kings, Nations Cup winners 2011We only need 17 minutes to warm up for a match
Anthony WakelingHead of Performance Analysis at Waratahs, The Super 15 teamThe coaching that matters
Peter DrewettEngland Student managerTwo fundamental rules for back play
Kevin BattleHead coach of US Collegiate Division 1 league team, University of California, Santa BarbaraMy proven pre-match warm-up
Set pieces & Tactics
Darren EdwardsAssistant coach to Magners League team, The Dragons, and Wales U18s coachWhy four strike moves is enough
Gary GoldAssistant coach of South AfricaSecrets of the Springbok lineout
Scott “Razor” RobertsonFormer All Black back row and now coach at Canterbury and Coca-ColaHave some ammo ready for the weekend
Clive GriffithsHead coach of North Wales regional teamOut of the ‘boot’ and into the front line
Paul TurnerFormer Wales International, ex-Sale Sharks player/coach and former head coach of Newport Gwent DragonsThe lost arts of playing 10
Mark MapletoftFormer England U20s coach and now assistant coach with Harlequins“Hold the paint”-playing from touchline to touchline
Martin HaagForwards coach at Bath, Aviva PremiershipAvoid the ‘swinging arse’
Greg SmithFormer Fijian international hooker, now skills coach with WaikatoConsistency is key to the perfect lineout throw
Greig OliverHead coach, Garryowen RFC, Ireland Premier LeagueNever a better time to revisit the counter-attack
Ian FosterHead coach of the Waikato Chiefs, Super 15 teamWaikato Chiefs’ kicking strategy
Rob MoffatDirector of Rugby, Edinburgh RugbyThe attacking edge
Justin BishopLondon Irish defence coachThe World Cup proved there is more than one way to defend
Lee SmithIRB Regional Development Manager for OceaniaSpringing the “catch and stop” trap
Shannon FraserFlying Fijians assistant coachGain the momentum from set piece back plays
Peter WrightHead coach, Scotland U20sClear up your contact area by not going to ground
Coaching & Management
Justin BurnellForwards coach for Cardiff BluesFine-tuning your tactics
Didier RetiereFormer assistant coach for France, now U20s coach and assistant director of France high performanceCreating a better way to scrummage
Alan SolomonsDirector of Rugby/Head Coach, EP Kings and Southern KingsHow to avoid player burnout
Rowland PhillipsFormer Wales defence coach and now defence coach with Aironi, Italian Heineken Cup teamThe hinge: a new look for the blitz
Tony HanksDirector of Rugby for Guinness Premiership team, London WaspsThe six faces of a director of Rugby
Simon MiddletonLeeds Carnegie, Guinness PremiershipHow to bounce back from defeat
Candi OrsiniFormer assistant coach for USA Rugby Women’s National Team and head coach Eckerd College WRFC.Playing to our strengths
Jim LoveChief executive of the New Zealand Sports AcademyMore than one way to win a World Cup
Shane SullivanAssistant manager performance Rugby for the Super Rugby Champions St. George Queensland RedsSuper Rugby success starts in the backroom
Bill BeswickLeading applied sports psychologistThink to win – mind training

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Dan is a practising RFU Level 3 coach and coach educator. He coaches with the Bristol Bears DPP programme 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.