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 Straaten Kicking coach and former South African goal kicker Making the Wallabies the world’s best goal kickers
Dick Muir Springbok backs coach and Director of Rugby for Golden Lions (Super 15 franchise) Play more heads-up rugby
Phil Davies Forwards coach, Worcester Warriors Keep your forwards switched on
Gruff Rees Senior skills coach at The Ospreys. Throw the magic
Damian McGrath Former England skills coach. Now coach at Super League team Huddersfield Giants A quick game is a good game
Neal Hatley Forwards coach, London Irish, Aviva Premiership Lineout training: physical and mental workouts
Tosh Askew Leicester Tigers Academy coach Banish the drift attack
Phil Mack Head of Strenght and Conditioning with The Ep Kings, Nations Cup winners 2011 We only need 17 minutes to warm up for a match
Anthony Wakeling Head of Performance Analysis at Waratahs, The Super 15 team The coaching that matters
Peter Drewett England Student manager Two fundamental rules for back play
Kevin Battle Head coach of US Collegiate Division 1 league team, University of California, Santa Barbara My proven pre-match warm-up
Set pieces & Tactics
Darren Edwards Assistant coach to Magners League team, The Dragons, and Wales U18s coach Why four strike moves is enough
Gary Gold Assistant coach of South Africa Secrets of the Springbok lineout
Scott “Razor” Robertson Former All Black back row and now coach at Canterbury and Coca-Cola Have some ammo ready for the weekend
Clive Griffiths Head coach of North Wales regional team Out of the ‘boot’ and into the front line
Paul Turner Former Wales International, ex-Sale Sharks player/coach and former head coach of Newport Gwent Dragons The lost arts of playing 10
Mark Mapletoft Former England U20s coach and now assistant coach with Harlequins “Hold the paint”-playing from touchline to touchline
Martin Haag Forwards coach at Bath, Aviva Premiership Avoid the ‘swinging arse’
Greg Smith Former Fijian international hooker, now skills coach with Waikato Consistency is key to the perfect lineout throw
Greig Oliver Head coach, Garryowen RFC, Ireland Premier League Never a better time to revisit the counter-attack
Ian Foster Head coach of the Waikato Chiefs, Super 15 team Waikato Chiefs’ kicking strategy
Rob Moffat Director of Rugby, Edinburgh RugbyThe attacking edge
Justin Bishop London Irish defence coach The World Cup proved there is more than one way to defend
Lee Smith IRB Regional Development Manager for Oceania Springing the “catch and stop” trap
Shannon Fraser Flying Fijians assistant coach Gain the momentum from set piece back plays
Peter Wright Head coach, Scotland U20s Clear up your contact area by not going to ground
Coaching & Management
Justin Burnell Forwards coach for Cardiff Blues Fine-tuning your tactics
Didier Retiere Former assistant coach for France, now U20s coach and assistant director of France high performance Creating a better way to scrummage
Alan Solomons Director of Rugby/Head Coach, EP Kings and Southern Kings How to avoid player burnout
Rowland Phillips Former Wales defence coach and now defence coach with Aironi, Italian Heineken Cup team The hinge: a new look for the blitz
Tony Hanks Director of Rugby for Guinness Premiership team, London Wasps The six faces of a director of Rugby
Simon Middleton Leeds Carnegie, Guinness Premiership How to bounce back from defeat
Candi Orsini Former assistant coach for USA Rugby Women’s National Team and head coach Eckerd College WRFC. Playing to our strengths
Jim Love Chief executive of the New Zealand Sports Academy More than one way to win a World Cup
Shane Sullivan Assistant manager performance Rugby for the Super Rugby Champions St. George Queensland Reds Super Rugby success starts in the backroom
Bill Beswick Leading applied sports psychologist Think 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, 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.