EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

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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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Roundup Rodeo Ep48: Reviewing the best content

in Round-up Rodeo with Phil Llewellyn

Host Phil Llewellyn with guests review some of the many great podcasts, books, articles and webinars from the last week.  This week's guests: Andrew Wilesmith, Chair of Rugby Development with England Schools RFU, John Fletcher, Magic Academy founder, coach and mentor and Russell Earnshaw, Magic Academy founder, coach and mentor. MORE

The Final: The Remarkable and Untold Story of the...

in Podcast

The remarkable and untold story of the 2014 Rugby World Cup winning England side from the view of their coaches, Gary Street and Graham Smith. In this episode, winning a World Cup twice, watching the same game every week, abandoning a bus on a traffic island, ‘Paul McGinley didn’t coach them did he?’, Alex Payne, Johnny Hammond, Nick Heath’s 'Never Forget' and ‘It wasn’t our choice'. MORE

Roundup Rodeo Ep47: Reviewing the best content

in Round-up Rodeo with Phil Llewellyn

Host Phil Llewellyn with guests review some of the many great podcasts, books, articles and webinars from the last week.  This week's guests: Cath Bishop, Olympic rower, silver medallist, author of The Long Win, Rachel Hooper learning, education and development manager for British Rowing, former coaching education advisor for UK Coaching and Katelynn Slade, PhD student at Loughborough University with a research focus on challenging situations in the coach athlete relationship.  MORE

Becoming a more positive coach: a research review

in Rugby coaching

Leading coaching researchers gives us an insight into how we can improve our coaching and therefore our players’ learning. Here’s a summary of their findings. Richard L. Light and Stephan Harvey, two of the most respected boffins in sports coaching produced an important paper Positive Pedagogy for sport and coaching, in the Sport, Education and Society journal. MORE

The Final: The Remarkable and Untold Story of the...

in Girls/Womens, Podcast

The remarkable and untold story of the 2014 Rugby World Cup winning England side from the view of their coaches, Gary Street and Graham Smith. In this episode, approaches to the selection of Captain, why its not a sacrifice to play for your country, ‘you’re not fit to wear the shirt’, guns, bullets and the team begin their journey at the 2014 Rugby World Cup in France. MORE

COACH QUESTION: How to coach the forgotten contact skills

in Ask Dan, Contact, Rugby drills

"With the return to rugby, I’m really worried that my team (U13s) will have forgotten lots of things about rugby. In particular, I’m trying to work out when and how to introduce contact and tackling." This question came from a coach in Gloucester and is typical of lots of concerns around this area of the game. It is true that the players will have "forgotten" lots of skills.  Here's how I would approach this situation. On the next page are two tackling exercises to support training. MORE

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