EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

What’s changed so I’ve stayed in love with coaching


Dan speaks to Paul Gustard, now defence coach at Benetton, formerly England defence coach, Harlequins head coach and coach with Saracens.

Paul, who won two England caps and represented the Barbarians, also played for Leicester Tigers, London Irish and Saracens,

They reflect on Paul’s journey to Italy and how he feels reinvigorated.

They talk about the following:

  • Why do you love coaching?
  • What gets players to buy into a coach quickly? Conversely, what puts the players off?
  • How you can simplify the way you coach to get more from the players?
  • How to change group work to make it more powerful and impactful?
  • What’s holding back coaches from being better versions of themselves?
  • Using a “game face” in coaching and matches.
  • You’ve lost on Saturday in a game you could have won. In training sessions, do you address the errors or move on?
  • The contact area seems to be favouring the team that “jackals” best. Where you would focus your coaching tactically and technically to improve your ball retention?
  • How do you break down a defence that comes at you?
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