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Rugby Coach Weekly with Dan Cottrell

Brutally honest and why that makes sense

in Rugby Coach Weekly with Dan Cottrell

Dan chats to Jacob Ford about his remarkable journey to becoming  Bury St Edmonds RFC and Ipswich School's director of rugby at the age of just 23. The topics covered included: The best way to speak to players to allow them to grow What makes the players respect a coach What efficiency in training and a game looks like Being mentored by your dad (Mike Ford, former England and Bath coach) The differences and similarities between coaching professional players and school players Should bench players get paid the same as the starters Working with players who are older than you Developing a style of play that suits your team Can a coach make excuses for a poor performance MORE

Rob Gray and Mike Ashford discuss how we make...

in Rugby Coach Weekly with Dan Cottrell

Dan hosts a discussion between Professor Rob Gray and Dr Mike Ashford about how players make decisions. The discussion is based on a paper that Mike wrote reviewing different academic approaches to decision-making: Understanding a Player’s Decision-Making Process in Team Sports: A Systematic Review of Empirical Evidence https://doi.org/10.3390/sports9050065 Rob Gray suggests that the role of ecological dynamics needs to be viewed differently from the paper's conclusions. MORE

Mentoring my sons as coaches and players

in Rugby Coach Weekly with Dan Cottrell

Dan Cottrell chats to Mike Ford. Mike has been coaching at the top of the professional game for over twenty years, with stints at England and Ireland rugby, Saracens, as head coach at Bath, plus coaching with the British and Irish Lions and RC Toulon. He also runs his own performance consultancy, which you can find out more about on his LinkedIn profile here. I really enjoyed Mike's clarity, especially around how he had to convince players and stakeholders about their approach at Bath. MORE

1990s rugby coach education absolutely relevant today

in Rugby Coach Weekly with Dan Cottrell

Dan catches up with one of the most experienced coaches and coach educators in rugby, Pete Drewett. After working with England Rugby since the early 90s, as well as coaching international age-grade (U21s), Pete went on to help build the Exeter Chiefs ready for their ascension into the top league. With stints in high-performance with Hong Kong and Georgia, plus working at the WRU, he is now a World Rugby High Performance consultant developing Kenyan rugby and their ambitions to play in the next World Cup. MORE

My bible of coaching skills and how to engage...

in Rugby Coach Weekly with Dan Cottrell

Dan chats with head of the Dragon Academy, Dai Rees about his coaching experiences in a long career, including Dragons Regional Coach, stints as Wales Sevens and Wales U21s  coach, heading up the rugby development and high performance the Hong Kong RU, as well as working within the WRU high performance platform and most recently as head of rugby at Seaford College. MORE

England defence coach talks big rocks, small-sided games and...

in Rugby Coach Weekly with Dan Cottrell

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, and other teams. How to beat a blitz defence. Using "big rocks" as a basis for training. How to breakdown a good kick-chase team, like the Springboks. Using small-sided games in training. An example of a kick-chase 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. MORE

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