Liza Burgess. World Rugby Hall of Fame inductee 2018, 93 international caps for Wales and GB, 62 times as captain

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.

The fastest growing team in the West

in Blog, Girls/Womens

This summer I was invited down to meet up with the West Swansea Hawks teams and coaches. They are a Welsh Rugby Union girls rugby hub in west Wales, operating with U8s, U9s, U11s, U13, U15 and U18s in the summer months. MORE

Women’s game still needs more change says Scottish legend...

in Girls/Womens, Podcast

Liza Burgess talks with former Scottish international and experienced coach, Donna Kennedy. She is passionate about the women’s game, Scottish rugby and coaching as a whole. She talks about how the women’s game needs to change to continue to move forward. Donna has coached at lots of levels of the game, including the Barbarians, and... MORE

Exciting times for women’s rugby and coaching

in Girls/Womens, Podcast

Liza "Bird" Burgess was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2018. With 93 caps for Wales and GB, she's also an experienced international and club coach. Now assisting Susie Appleby at Gloucester-Hartbury in the Tyrrells English Premiership, she shares her approach to coaching, what inspires her and how she's changed her delivery. These are exciting times for the women's game as more women take up the coaching reigns - it was great to catch with a good friend and a beacon for the game. MORE

Learning from the tackling journey

in Girls/Womens, Tackling

Improve your tacklers by understanding how the best defenders grew as players. I spoke to one player whose technical expertise stands out amongst her peers. Pic from Omega Photography Sophie Ellis, a 17-year-old student in North Wales, has been playing rugby for the last four years. She’s one of the standout tacklers in her regional... MORE

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