Rugby coaching

Being a rugby coach means more than knowing how to execute a particular rugby skill, run a rugby drill, or set up a formation. The rugby coaching advice in this section highlights the important issues facing coaches and shows you how to approach them to become a better coach. These articles look at issues such as playing against sides that cheat, coping with problem players, getting a winning mentality and much more.

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What are tactics?

in Tactics, Tips

The word “tactics” is used so often that we tend to forget what it means and in the end, we confuse players. Know your tactics by knowing the true meaning of the word. MORE

How to coach high speed passing drill- part 2

When to put REAL defenders into a drill

in Blog, Team Management

The other week I was running some 4v2s. Initially, the attack was always successful. I suppose that is what you would expect but they were not succeeding as I wanted. Sloppy passing and drifting angles meant that although they were scoring, it was not improving their skill levels. It was time to make the defenders work harder. MORE

PODCAST: How to keep players in love with the...

in Podcast, Team Management

  In this episode, Irish RFU training and education manager, Colin Moran explains how we should be developing coaches who focus on player development. He gives us the top five tips for new coaches and what more experienced coaches might need to unlearn. In this podcast we discuss The importance of the approach of a... MORE

Tracking to tackle

in Rugby drills, Tackling, Tips

The key to good tackling is how players get into position. They start working on this at a very young age in Australia. This is called tracking and is done before any contact is made. MORE

Non-contact training: Your 4-week plan

in Rugby coaching

There are many occasions in the coaching year when you will be looking to improve and engage your team without using activities that require contact, so I've put together four sessions of activities to help you do just that. Each session is split into three sections to ensure that a good range of coaching bases are covered: decision-making, skills and then a touch game to finish. MORE

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