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.

How can you win without tactics?

How can you win without tactics?

By Eamonn Hogan, experienced rugby coach working with representative teams in the UK and the US Use a philosophy rather than a set game plan to score more tries than the opposition. Tactics will often confuse children but ideas for playing the game in a set way won’t. As your players become more skilled and […]

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Plan for windy conditions

Plan for windy conditions

If there is a significant breeze on match day, well-prepared plans need to be put into place. This is far more than a quick chat with the 10 before the game. Work specifically with your tactical kickers rather than just “kick with the wind”. They need to know when to kick as does the rest […]

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Dress for coaching success

Dress for success in training

From Rugby Coach Weekly Appearance is a key factor in making players pay attention to you. Not all of us are natural models, but you still need to look smart to get the most out of your team. If you’re scruffy or inappropriately dressed it suggests your coaching will be equally haphazard. Here are a […]

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When and how to correct young players

When and how to correct young players

From Rugby Coach Weekly If a young player is making a mistake, we feel duty bound to do something about it. However, youngsters are often intimidated by corrections and also might not take on board what they need to change. What we must correct Anything that can harm the player or someone else. Th is […]

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4 times the fly-half should demand the ball

When should the fly-half demand the ball?

When do forwards give the ball to backs? When they want it, of course, which is when: The team is going forward There are less defenders spread out across the field They are in attacking positions The backs have an overlap or mismatch Ignore set pieces and think about when forwards release the ball from […]

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