Liza Burgess. World Rugby Hall of Fame inductee 2018, 93 international caps for Wales and GB, 62 times as captain, WRU board member
Welcome to the Rugby Coach Weekly girls’ and women’s section.
I’m Liza Burgess otherwise known as “Bird” and have been involved in coaching since retiring from international rugby in 2007. I’m currently part of the coaching team at Gloucester Hartpury in the Tyrrells Premiership League and I have previously coached the Welsh women’s team and inaugural women’s Barbarian team.
Over the next few months, I am going to be interviewing some top class women coaches and look forward to sharing with you some coaching tips and ideas that will develop your personal coaching skill set as the women’s game continues to grow.
In 2016, Harlequins and England star and Girls Rugby Club’s Advisory Board member, Leanne Riley helped set up the girls’ section at Guildfordians Rugby Club, which has grown to more than 75 players. The key element to this success was her work in engaging girls with rugby within schools. With girls playing rugby in schools,... MORE
Use this low impact tackling exercise to work on both the ball carrier's ball placement after the tackle, tackler technique and recovering. The emphasis is on completing the tackle, with the tackler's "speed to feet" to then compete for the ball. MORE
Female athletes suffer more sports injuries than their male counterparts. Jason Tee explores the reasons behind the high injury rates and discovers some surprising facts that turn the female frailty narrative on its head MORE
This small-sided game is ideal to work on players kick chase and keeping the ball alive in attack. You can use this as a standalone skills game or have it as a platform to launch a bigger game of touch and pass from. Thanks to Simon Parsons, Women and Girls Director of Rugby for Tunbridge Wells RFC and Kent U15s Girls Head Coach for this activity. MORE
Help players develop their skills around completing a low "chop" tackle. Once the contact is made, the tackler has to recover and contest for the space over the ball. The activity is clearly introduced with the key points, a demonstration and then the use of micro-coaching from the players to build a clearer understanding of their roles. It finishes with a small contact decision around jackling or competing for space. MORE
While the women’s game is growing impressively, with an increase in 27% registered players worldwide from 2017 to 2019, so is the level of misguided comment. Here’s a guide to dealing with four of the most common forms of criticism. MORE
You can simply add in different rules to transition the netball game into a game of touch. However, the game of rugby netball on its own is also a fertile ground for practice design and player development. Here are a few variations to make rugby netball a key training game for you and your players. MORE