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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Latest research on coaching skills to minis

in Mini tag, Podcast, Rugby coaching

Wilbur Kraak, a senior lecturer and rugby researcher at Department of Sport Science, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, has recently published his findings on the effects of a skills specific coaching education programme on the skill level of mini-rugby players. Working with Jacques Basson, their conclusions shed further light on what good practice design looks like... MORE

Your essential first-half match checklist

in Rugby coaching, Tactics, Tips

One of the biggest challenges for any coach watching the game is to have a dispassionate view of what’s happening. Use this checklist to help focus on key areas in a logical order… To be able to analyse the game quickly, you need to know what you are looking for in the match and to... MORE

Managing the complexity of coaching

in Podcast, Rugby coaching

Jamie Taylor, former head of academy at Leicester Tigers and now working with English Institute of Sport, challenges us to be better as coaches. In this podcast, we discuss the following areas: How to manage the complexity of coaching Your coaching approach must suit the developmental needs of the players How former players can make... MORE

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