Posts in Coaching

Monday, October 05, 2015

Rugby Tactics: The Cross Kick

The cross kick is nothing new but this year we're seeing it become a more refined and prevalent try scoring tactic. MORE »

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Rugby Tactics: The Sexton Loop

Ireland's back-line: lethal or predictable? Take a look at flyhalf Jonny Sexton's signature "wraparound" in this short clip. MORE »

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Rugby Tactics: England and the Offload

Today, "the offload" often conjures to mind images the likes of Sonny Bill Williams reaching around a tackler and flicking a one-handed pass out the back door. Of course this kind of play is exciting to watch, but let's not lose sight of how integral traditional offloads are, as we saw England demonstrate against Fiji. MORE »

Monday, September 21, 2015

Drill of the Week: Fji's Favourite Warm Up Game?

Russell Earnshaw of Eastbourne College has devised a fantastic little communications game. MORE »

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Rugby Tactics: The Choke Tackle Epidemic Continues

The choke tackle is what we're going to discuss today. And here are three tackles from the past few weeks from the South African Currie Cup, French Top 14, and the England v Ireland Rugby World Cup Warm Up match. This should show us that this tactic continues in increase in popularity and we will see a lot of this in the upcoming RWC. MORE »

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Drill of the Week: How to Coach the Choke Tackle

One of rugby’s great strengths is its ability to keep changing and challenging itself. This is often driven by coaches and players using new techniques and the “Choke Tackle” is a great example. MORE »

Monday, September 14, 2015

Drill of the Week: The Double Tackle

When Richie McCaw bows out of Test rugby at the end of this year’s world cup, New Zealand will not only lose a three-time IRB World Player of the Year and one of the best open sides ever to play the game, but they’ll lose his back row partnership with Kieran Read which is something more than either individual player. MORE »

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Coaching Tactics: Blindside Winger Moves from New Zealand

A couple rounds ago the Manawatu Turbos scored two great tries against the Tasman Makos using their wingers that I want to take a look at. The Turbos aren't exactly on fire this season, but seeing these tries reminded me of what an effective tactic bringing a winger off the blindside can be. MORE »

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Drill of the Week: Mastering the Catch & Pass

Were you taught to "give a target" by putting two hands out in front of your body when catching a ball? Jake Sharp, Oaklands College Backs Coach explains why this is UNREALISTIC and doesn't work in games. Instead, here's a better way to train your players how to catch and a few simple drills you can use to practice. MORE »

Monday, August 31, 2015

Drill of the Week: "Tower of Power" from England U20

The 'Tower of Power' principle applies to all age groups and is the basis for all contact skills and groundwork. In this clip England U20 players go through some of the fundamentals. MORE »

Friday, August 21, 2015

George Gregan's halfback masterclass with Justin Marshall

George Gregan is widely regarded as one of the best nines to ever play the game of rugby and in this informative clip for SKY SPORT NZ he gives some valuable pointers to anyone wanting to improve their game MORE »

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Ruck Clean Out Drill trains players how to dominate the breakdown

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Richie McCaw reveals his secrets in this excellent Breakdown Masterclass

Richie McCaw, gives away some of his secrets in this excellent breakdown masterclass from Sky Sport NZ. Along with hosts Ian Jones and Jeff Wilson, both capped over 60 times for their country, we get to see some of the key aspects of breakdown work. MORE »

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Nick Evans and Brian O'Driscoll give a great phase play pitch demo

The guys at BT Sport's Rugby Tonight are doing an excellent job of creating quality content for everyone from the armchair enthusiast, to youngsters that are still learning the game. Last week on the show their Masterclass demo featured a few backs that know a thing or two about rugby. MORE »

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Sam Warburton Masterclass - 3 Ways to retain possession at the breakdown

Wales skipper Sam Warburton was excellent against South Africa at the weekend, not only leading his troops to victory but also by imposing himself at the breakdown. In this quality Rugby Tonight Pitch Demo, he explains how to secure breakdown possession. MORE »

Monday, November 24, 2014

The All Blacks hitting the gym ahead of Wales match in Cardiff

A quick look at the All Blacks in training last week, ahead of their meeting with Wales. It's great to see the hard work that takes place in the lead up to a big match. Note that it appears to only be the Franks brothers doing the heavy lifting, while the others focus on core and bodyweight exercises. MORE »

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Setting up and defending a drop goal with Brian O'Driscoll and Rhys Priestland

Here are some great tips from the crew at Rugby Tonight, with Brian O'Driscoll, Rhys Priestland, Austin Healey and Martin Bayfield giving pointers on setting up and defending a drop goal. O'Driscoll also shares the best advice for preventing your nose from getting smashed. MORE »

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Brian O'Driscoll Masterclass - Defensive play at the breakdown

Rugby Tonight have come up with another top quality masterclass video as we get a chance to learn from a legend, with Brian O'Driscoll talking Austin Healey through the best way to defend the breakdown in the midfield, or indeed in any tackle situation. MORE »

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Jacques Burger's tackling masterclass on Rugby Tonight

Namibian flanker Jacques Burger is one of the Aviva Premiership's top tacklers. He was one of the more physical Saracens players against the Sharks at the weekend, where he made a few big hits. He's managed to combine his physical attributes with solid technique, as well as a fearless mindset. MORE »

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Scrum Masterclass with Rugby Tonight and Exeter Chiefs prop Craig Mitchell

The scrum has been under focus this year as the changes in engagement have meant a different approach, with both advantages and benefits for certain teams. The hookers now have to hook, which is a new concept for some of them. MORE »

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