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.
Try this fun game to help players work on defensive organisation. By forming a physical defence chain, players work together to stop attackers from scoring. This game also helps attackers identify gaps on the wings and learn to execute opportunities. It develops an idea from Andrew Drayton who coaches Credition girls, Devon. MORE
In episode 3, Dr Anna Stodter and Dr Ed Hall give Jess Bunyard and listeners a tutorial in all things coach development and learning. The group tackle: what effective reflection as a coach looks like, diversity within coach education what the future holds for coach education. Whether you want to discover what it takes to research coach education or how to make your coach learning better for you, this is the pod for you. MORE
In the podcast this week, Jess is joined by Russell Earnshaw from the Magic Academy and Dusty Miller from the English Institute of Sport. In a summer where not much happened on the pitch, off the pitch was a busy hive of hiring for the top rugby clubs. The team discusses the prevalence of ex-professional players transitioning into coaching and the upsides and downsides that come with this approach. MORE
Liza Bird Burgess and LJ Lewis discuss a round of questions about the practicalities of the game. In this episode, they are with Karen Findlay, known to most in the game as Jocko, who is joint-head coach at Harlequins Ladies. Jocko captained Scotland over 50 times and played in three World Cups, winning 85 caps in the process. She went on to coach Richmond Ladies to five titles in the Premiership before joining London-based Quins in 2017, leading then to cup success in her first season. MORE
This week in the first-ever Breaking The Pane podcast Jess Bunyard is joined by Lichfield Ladies Head Coach Maria Crowfoot and UK Coaching’s Coach Developer Jenny Coady. The team discuss the recent BBC Sport survey into the social media abuse and sexism experienced by elite British sportswomen. One striking result to emerge from the survey... MORE
Liza Bird Burgess and LJ Lewis discuss a round of questions about the practicalities of the game. In this episode, they are with Exeter Chiefs director of rugby, Susie Appleby. Susie played over 50 times for England. She was assistant coach to the England women's sevens team and coached Gloucester-Hartbury Ladies in the Premiership until the end of the 2020 season. MORE
Liza Bird Burgess and LJ Lewis discuss a round of questions about the practicalities of the game. In this episode they are with former Ireland international Sophie Spence, who is now coaching Penclawdd mens team. MORE