EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

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If you have enough players for two teams, do...

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My experience is that at club level the answer is no to until the age of 15. From the ages six to 11 I would definitely mix up the players. After that, as the players grow at very different rates (physically that is), then you might want to stream them. MORE

What’s really the hardest coaching task?

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The hardest task in coaching isn’t what you coach, it’s how you coach. More specifically, it is how you differentiate your coaching. You have an array of talents in front of you and some of them will be better than others. Since you want to improve all the players, how do you stretch those at the top without leaving behind those at the bottom? MORE

Do you have to be a hard coach to...

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While the RFU development department publish another survey to support the view that young players value many other things in their sport before they value winning, it’s clear that not all coaches have got that message. However, no matter how competitive you are as a coach, I wonder whether you think you are a hard or soft coach? I don’t think you can be both. MORE



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