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dan-cottrellFrom the Desk of Dan Cottrell, grassroots rugby expert, RFU Level 3 coach and WRU course leader, Head Coach for Swansea Schools U15 and
Head Coach of Rugby Coach Weekly


Dear Rugby Coach,

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You know the feeling. You’re just back from work and training is looming. What are your plans, coach?

Do you reach for the “same old” session and hope no one notices, or start searching online for something new? Could you do without the stress of hoping that something good will turn up?

If you can spare three minutes to read on, I’d like to explain why Rugby Coach Weekly offers a value-for-money solution to this common problem, plus many other benefits that will help you as a coach.

A subscription to Rugby Coach Weekly means you can:

  • Enjoy the convenience of never being short of ideas for training
  • Always have a new drill, game or activity ready, from passing and handling to rucks, tackling, scrums and warm-ups
  • Save valuable time, with no more random searching for drills, or slaving over computer software to create them
  • Give yourself space to concentrate on the other things a coach has to do (and as you know, there are lots of these)

Rugby Coach Weekly offers proven and easy-to-use rugby drills, coaching sessions, practice plans, skills games, warm-ups, training tips and advice – every week, so you don’t have to worry about where your next drill or session plan is coming from. Many of our subscribers say they wish they had benefited from Rugby Coach Weekly at an earlier stage in their coaching careers. See Customer Reviews here.


All the resources you receive each week as a subscriber are created for the grassroots youth coach following best practice from around the world and insights from the professional game. Our qualified coaches provide only drills and activities they have tested themselves, ensuring that you receive only those that are easy to coach, and they make sure that young players “get” the concepts without too much effort.

Easy to use

Rugby Coach Weekly drills are clear, simple and get the coaching points over usually in three illustrations, allowing us to show the movement of players and time, something impossible in a single image. They are designed to be easily read and understood on PC, tablet, or mobile, and are also printable so you can take hard copies to training and hand them out to assistants. The page layout is specially designed to minimise expensive toner costs, by reducing heavy ink requirements wherever possible and to ensure that the colour drills can still be understood when printed in black and white.


Every week on a Wednesday you’ll get a minimum of eight activities, including passing and handling, tackling and contact, rucking and mauling, footwork, fitness, fun games, and warm-ups. The activities are appropriate for a range of age groups from U7 to adult.

Consistent and reliable

The service runs 52 weeks a year, and has been serving rugby coaches around the world since 2006. Like them, you will appreciate not having to search for or create new drills for every new coaching session you run. You’ll be able to build a library of your favourite activities but will be reassured to know that something new will arrive for you to try each week.

Tips and advice

Rugby Coach Weekly doesn’t just do proven, easy to use drills, it also provides tips and advice on how to coach for the benefit of the players covering team management and selection, dealing with difficult players and their parents, psychology, fitness and nutrition, and refereeing.

As a subscriber you’re also entitled to receive personalised one-to-one advice from me as part of our unique AskDan! service. Just send me an email with your rugby coaching problem or question and I’ll get back to you with my thoughts on a solution. Some of the questions and answers are published.

Delivered to your PC, tablet or mobile

Within seconds of signing up you’ll get the current idea-filled issue of Rugby Coach Weekly in ebook format delivered direct to your email inbox. View on any PC, tablet or mobile.

Make your life easier – the hard work is done for you

So stop worrying about the practicalities of delivering meaningful and progressive training sessions for your players, and concentrate on other important areas like building personal relationships, providing one-to-one attention, and working on team spirit and motivation.

You can choose to take out a low cost 30-day trial, or simply subscribe to immediately start getting the benefits of regular delivery, consistent quality and convenience from rugby drills you can trust.

Here’s what some existing subscribers say about Rugby Coach Weekly:

Rugby Coach Weekly has benefited me and my players greatly. Some of the short training drill are ideal to be used for breakout tasks from the main sessions. They are easy to follow, set up and give players and instant sense of achievement.

I started the magazine just after completing my RFU Level 2 so it has gone hand-in-hand with that and has changed my view on coaching. We now do everything from within a game situation, often mixing up players from other years and adapting our responses accordingly.”

 Dale McIntosh, Wales

Rugby Coach Weekly is full of great coaching information and pays excellent attention to detail. I really like how the magazine builds up from the basics, meaning that it can be used successfully by coaches at all levels. The grassroots content is as important as the elite content. Well done and keep up the good work!”

– Dale McIntosh, Academy Skills Coach, Cardiff Blues

Simon Harris, England

Rugby Coach Weekly is an invaluable resource. I use it as a reference point when planning my own sessions as a means for advice and inspiration. It has made my sessions more interesting and produced excellent feedback and results.”

– Simon Harris, Junior Coach, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England

Steve Hart, Denmark

“When the trainers of our local junior rugby club here in Denmark, said they had no time to coach the team anymore, myself and my Fijian friend said we had to keep it going. Not knowing how to coach them correctly, we decided to try Rugby Coach Weekly. Now every training session is a great success. The children are enjoying themselves and are learning great moves and exercises. Thank you for your help in keeping our little rugby club alive!”

– Steve Hart, Junior Rugby Coach, Assens Rugby Club Denmark, Assens, Denmark


Tony Buckley, England

Rugby Coach Weekly has helped me a lot in coaching both minis and youth rugby. The articles are easy to understand and put into practice, and you can adapt them to suit your needs whatever age you are coaching. We have won a lot more games since I have used them.”

– Tony Buckley, Coach, Gosport and Fareham RFC, England


Get a bonus gift today when you take a trial or subscribe

Whether you take a trial or subscribe you will get a free coaching drills manual. To check out this month’s free gift click on one of the buttons below.

Why not join thousands of rugby coaches benefiting by taking out a trial or full subscription today. You can receive Rugby Coach Weekly drills and activities for 30 days for just 97p.

Yours in rugby


Dan Cottrell

Head Coach, Rugby Coach Weekly

P.S. Just think how much time and effort you’ll save each week, simply from using Rugby Coach Weekly. No more searching the internet to find something to do with your team. It’s all taken care of.

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