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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A Very Merry Christmas From Rugby Coach Weekly

in Blog

First, let me wish you all season’s greetings. I hope you have a chance to put your feet up and reflect on, no doubt, a busy coaching year. We’re really looking forward to 2018 with some great new additions to our Rugby Coach Weekly website, new books, plus loads of ideas for games, activities and... MORE

Coach like a top class defence coach

in Rugby coaching, Tips

Unless you have a large coaching team, either you or one of your coaches has to double up as the defence coach. Here are the key areas to focus on to make sure you have a firm grasp of the role. Follow these important factors to make sure you cover the key areas of defence,... MORE

Somewhere where they belong

in Blog, Rugby coaching

  What sort of club side do you want to have?  I’m not here to preach what’s best. But I want to share some ideas that I’ve been thinking about recently. I don’t think we can know the real answer to what club side we want to have until we’ve been coaching for a couple... MORE

Do they ever listen? Or will they learn?

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Your team is winning 29-28 and there’s less than a minute to go. You get a penalty about 35m out. It’s about 50/50 whether your kicker will make it from this angle. What decision would you make? This is a real situation from just over a week ago. The pitch was unusually wide and the... MORE

Do it again… and repeat

in Rugby coaching, Tips

The best players perform miraculous skills at the right times. They will say it is all down to practise, practise, practise. But the real secret is more than that: Repeatability. Here are five ways to create this in training. By Dan Cottrell Performing a skill – such as  a pass – under pressure improves technique... MORE

Be patient – and heed your own advice

in Blog, Rugby coaching

Last week, I accidentally did something good. And then I realised that I should have been doing it from the start. I had set up an exercise which was based on an activity my son had suggested. I was so concerned with making the activity work, I became overly focused on one aspect. By the... MORE

Hot river passing

in Footwork and evasion, Mini tag, Rugby coaching, Rugby drills

Encourage players to move and support with this fun movement game. By Dan Cottrell ACTIVITY ŒPairs of players run out to their ball when you shout “hot river” Place the balls so the players have an equal chance of getting to at least two islands ŽThe ball carrier aims to get to island within five... MORE

What you see is not what you get

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  What does a good coaching session look like? Perhaps we should really ask, what does it feel like? I think we are constantly trying to judge that, and we are also being judged at the same time. We look at ourselves, we observe and ask the players, and then we see what they play... MORE

Great new service: Rugby Vacancies

in Blog, Rugby coaching

Andy Lockwood, a serving Major in the British Army, has set up a great service for all rugby coaches looking for new roles. He takes up the story: “Rugby Vacancies started up in May 2017 as a means of publicising rugby coaching roles I was finding. It’s completely free to use and available on Facebook... MORE

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