Merry Christmas

A Very Merry Christmas From Rugby Coach Weekly

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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

Somewhere where they belong

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  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

Be patient – and heed your own advice

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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

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

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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

Real training or technical expertise?

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The first real cold snap has arrived at training. And last week, to my horror, the senior team bumped us out of our indoor training facility onto the outdoor 4G pitch. Luckily, I had an extra top, but our forwards coach foolishly wearing his flip-flops. Of course, if I was a better man, I would... MORE

Sweaty headbands make for better outcomes

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  In the summer, I watched England U18s train wearing colourful headbands. They were used to denote who was on whose team: a clever idea from coaches John Fletcher and Russell Earnshaw. Fast forward to late October and my U15 team were trying them out for the first time. We had used a version of... MORE

Competition winner

See the Winner from our Rugby Coaching Competition!

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Thanks to everyone who entered our Rugby Coaching Competition! The winner of a coaching session was Chris Sweetapple who is an amateur coach Saracens Amateur RFC. Chris will win a coaching session with me, Dan Cottrell, as well as £100 Amazon voucher and a bundle of our rugby coaching manuals. I simply loved this plan for... MORE

Are we part of the injury crisis problem?

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The English Premiership has been hitting the wrong sort of headlines at a sensitive time in the injury debate. While Professor Pollock reasserts her view that rugby should be banned or at least modified in schools, the attrition rate of players in the English top flight is reaching devastating levels. One line of thinking is... MORE

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