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Whether you're a seasoned coach or just starting out, today you have an opportunity to join a group of rugby coaches who all have something special in common...

They use the latest techniques and approaches to ensure players are receiving the best possible playing experience and giving their team the best chance of success - however that is measured.

They do this by reading Rugby Coach Weekly, an easy-to-digest weekly magazine dedicated to rugby coaching. It offers a wealth of intelligence and information in an accessible format - saving them time and effort searching the internet for disparate sources.

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Each issue looks at a number of key topics in coaching bringing you practical advice and ideas to help make you a more effective, more successful rugby coach.


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About Rugby Coach Weekly

Our international team of qualified experts (see below) spend hours each week watching and delivering coaching sessions to players of all ages and abilities.

On your behalf, they extract the nuggets that are worth knowing so that you can put them into use in your own practice - knowing they are trustworthy and proven.

Together we whittle down all the fluff and provide you with practical advice for developing players, dealing with problem parents, understanding the principles of the game. We also explore more in-depth areas like game models and periodisation, giving you insight into the tools and techniques of elite coaches and clubs.

For 17 years, we've helped hard-working rugby coaches like you, overwhelmed by the vast demands on their time planning, organising and delivering coaching sessions. We're committed to making coaching as fun and rewarding as possible for everyone involved.

Some of our expert contributors...

Dan Cottrell

Dan Cottrell is the editor and Head Coach of Rugby Coach Weekly.

Dan is a practising RFU Level 3 coach and coach educator coaching with the Bristol Bears DPP programme and is a coach mentor for Broad Plain RFC mini and juniors section. He was Head Coach of Swansea Schools U15 and has previously held coaching roles with the Young Ospreys Academy and as Assistant Coach with the Wales Women's Team for the 2010 World Cup.

Dan was director of rugby at Cranleigh School, and played rugby for Bath, Bristol, Esher and Clifton. He also represented the South West Division, Gloucestershire RFC and Surrey RFC.

He has been editor of Rugby Coach Weekly since 2003 and has written over 20 rugby coaching manuals.

In his spare time, he is a keen golfer, a charity trustee and a very slow bass guitar player.

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Dan Cottrell


Gordon MacLelland

Gordon MacLelland

Gordon MacLelland is CEO and founder of ‘Working with Parents in Sport’, a global organisation working with national governing bodies, sporting organisations and schools to help support parents and coaches to work together to provide children with the best possible sporting experiences

Russell Bolton

Russell Bolton is a current level 3 coach, Rugby Professional at Magdallen College School Oxford and backs coach at Tring RFC.


Russell Bolton


Jonny McMurtry

Jonny McMurtry

Jonny McMurtry

Having been involved in high-performance age-grade rugby programs across Australia for nearly 10 years, he is currently completing research in conjunction with the University of Queensland and Rugby Australia, looking at age-grade player’s engagement and understanding what motivates, engages and drives players’ participation.

Ged Hall

Ged Hall is Lead coach at Sales Sharks Central Cheshire DPP. He is also a coach at Haberdashers’ Abrahams Darby and Youth Development Manager at Sandbach RUFC.


Ged Hall


Sean Holley

Sean Holley

Sean Holley is a formerly head coach of Ospreys and Bristol. He is now a rugby commentator and TV analyst.

Richard Whiffen

Richard Whiffen, now attack coach at Welsh Pro14 team, the Scarlets, has coached previously at Gloucester and London Irish. He also coached England U20s


Richard Whiffen

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Whether you're coaching grassroots, professional or amateur teams Rugby Coach Weekly could make all the difference to the contribution you make, and make your life easier at the same time.

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With a new issue out every Friday there's plenty to read in RCW. But don't worry, if you fall behind in your reading you'll be able to go back and catch up on past issues by downloading them from our issue library.

What our readers say

"As a school teacher Rugby Coach Weekly provides excellent up-to-date content to support all-levels of rugby coach. The resources are extremely useful to use immediately as well as check our curriculum and inspire future session content. I would thoroughly recommend the resources any development coach.”

Matt Gold, director of rugby, Abingdon School


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Graeme Forbes Jordan Rugby Sevens/The Dead Ball Area



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