Dan Cottrell speaks to Jess Bunyard, Andy Stevens and Jamie Green about their approaches to Return to Play. Jess is director of women and girls rugby and RDO at Huddersfield YMCA RFC. Andy is chair of mini and juniors at Ellingham and Ringwood RFC. Jamie is director of rugby at Royston RFC. They all coach across a wide range of age groups. MORE
Should we change the age we start to coach scrummaging?
In the third episode of the Rugby Coach Weekly Podcast, Dan talks to experienced grassroots coach and coach developer Ian Diddams about teaching scrummaging.
With a number of international front-rowers only starting their trade after the age of 16, is their case to change the way we coach scrummaging? Dan asks the former front rower whether the scrum is relevant before 16 and if we shouldn’t actually spend more time on other skills.
He says that:
- We need to coach the body shapes, but not necessarily the scrum at the youngest age groups.
- We should look to keep the game for all shapes and sizes, even though these players go through massive changes in their teens.
- We need to rethink whether players have the athletic attributes to carry out some of the scrum tasks we set them.
Listen to his tips on how to mix scrum shapes into training, how to balance your approach and what techniques he would focus on first.