Sometimes your best-laid plans must be ripped up because progress has been quicker or slower than expected. So be ready to change tack if players are struggling or they crack a skill and are getting bored. MORE
I’ve now completed my first 10 podcasts, delving into the minds of some of the most exciting minds in rugby, and most importantly, those coaches at the coalface of the sport and rugby.
Australia has just introduced weight and size criteria for young players. We explore how that works with one of the pilot scheme coaches, James Stevens.
George Tavner, an experienced academy coach working at Bath Rugby tells us how we can learn from Super Rugby, and how he uses games for better decision-making in training.
Experienced coach developer and grassroots coach (and former front rower!), Ian Diddams whether we need to bother with scrummaging before 16. He suggests a rethink to the way we start the process and shares plenty of great tips on scrum training when you don’t have a full pack at training.
International Rugby League coach and now sports lecturer and coach developer Stuart Wilkinson, explains how coaching needs direction. He says that drills can still do a job. But games are often better. He tells us how that might look and what you need to do more of.
Dr Sharief Hendricks, a leading rugby scientist, shares his research team’s latest findings on the best way to tackle. In our most popular podcast to date, listen to how to organise your training and what key techniques your players should be exploring in training.
Digby Webb, a South African working at a top English rugby school, tells me how his experiences with top coaches in his homeland shaped the way he controls his coaching environment. He explains how he learned that there was no need for shouting, and it was all about mutual respect and honesty.
Dr Suzanne Brown has helped shape some of the leading rugby coaching practitioners’ thinking. She talks about the ways you can challenge players so they can learn faster and more effectively. She brings together all her experience as a clinical psychologist to help us understand our own coaching.
Giles Heagerty is head coach of England Counties U18s, as well as coaching school rugby and a top ladies team. He tells us how to engage players who aren’t keen on rugby, building a tactical approach in a short training time span, and coaching players who are struggling in a pressurised environment.
We get a unique insight into Dr Andy Abrahams journey as a novice rugby coach. A leading coach leader in education, working closely with the English FA, he shares how he has used his academic background to cope with the ups and downs of starting out coaching his son’s rugby. It’s a must for any new coach to the sport.
Simon Nainby has been curating some of the latest sports coaching thinking on his site, Undergroundathletics.co.uk. He explains how he has applied this to coaching an elite netball team, but with no netball background. This podcast is stacked full of takeaways on athlete-led learning, using stories and creating a better environment for players.
Like other disciplines, rugby has a jargon of its own. Unless the meanings are explained they can be meaning-less. That's why I've explained them in plain, simple English and with large, clear illustrations in my manual Rugby Tactics Made Simple. But not only that, you'll learn how to coach the tactics with my tips. If you’re new to coaching or prefer a more simple style this is a great, straightforward introduction to rugby tactics. "It highlights the key fundamentals of all aspects of play & gives coaches a good understanding of terminology and techniques at the highest level" - Richard Whiffin, assistant coach at London Irish MORE
Anxious about coaching rugby to children? Maybe you're already coaching, but sometimes struggling to get your points across at training? Perhaps you sometimes simply run out of preparation time? Possibly you're feeling your sessions are getting dull? Do you want a few new skills to boost your player's skills now? Or to help your players develop the techniques for seasons ahead? Maybe even the core skills for their whole rugby playing career? Here's the answer... MORE