England defence coach talks big rocks, small-sided games and catching 10 tennis balls

Dan catches up England’s new defence coach, Australian former rugby league player and top level RL coach, Anthony Seibold. Now taking a short break at home after helping England with their unbeaten autumn campaign, Anthony chats to Dan about the following:

  • How Eddie Jones wanted Anthony look at England’s defence as well as other teams.
  • How to attack against a blitz defence.
  • Using “big rocks” as a basis for training.
  • How to disrupt a good kicking team, like the Springboks.
  • Using small-sided games in training.
  • An example of a kick-pressure game you can use.
  • When to work on technical skills in a busy week of training.
  • What to observe in training to make a difference.
  • Using elements of Doug Lemov’s guidance on session design.
  • The analogy of 10 tennis balls, and how it can help create clarity in your team.
  • How to be curious, and how to make it work for you.

If you want to find out more about his reference to tunnel ball, visit our explanation here.

Anthony was head coach of the Brisbane Broncos and South Sydney Rabbitohs in Australia’s NRL competition. He has also coached at a number of clubs including: Manly Sea Eagles, Melbourne Storm and worked as an assistant for Queensland in the State of Origin series.

His playing career included spells in England with Hull KR and London Broncos, along with Canberra Raiders and Brisbane Broncos in NRL. He was most recently coaching mentor at the Newcastle Knights NRL team.

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