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6 Nations: What Coaches Can Learn Leave a comment Read more »

6 Nations: What Coaches Can Learn

The 6 Nations and Super Rugby competitions are upon us. With over 30 years of coaching experience I now sit and watch games (this time at 3-45 am) and let individual and team performances wash over me. When something jumps out at me, I scribble…


Importance of the Transfer of Basics Leave a comment Read more »

Importance of the Transfer of Basics

The transfer of players is of far less consequence than the transfer of quality technique from the Tuesday and Thursday training sessions to quality match day execution and team performance. Correction of poor technique at training sessions is not about the coach standing 30 meters…


Effective Rugby Coaching: Bond Pirates Model Leave a comment Read more »

Effective Rugby Coaching: Bond Pirates Model

The market for young players is very congested. Lots of sports all trying to attract players to their game. The “hook” that finally pulls them in can be from any of the following: facilities, family tradition, peer group, marketing strategy of the club, school link,…


The Importance of Quick Ball & Demanding Scrum-Halves Leave a comment Read more »

The Importance of Quick Ball & Demanding Scrum-Halves

The production of quick ball is an art. Quality technique is required, plus strength, composure and balance. With these components in place they ignite the game. Aaron Smith (NZ) and François ‘Faf’ de Klerk (SA) demand quick ball. They are often in place before its…


Common Denominators in Champions Cup Quarter Finals Results Leave a comment Read more »

Common Denominators in Champions Cup Quarter Finals Results

Why did the 4 teams in the Rugby Union Champions Cup Quarter Finals win over the weekend? Was there a common denominator? Common Denominators There was (1) heaps of passion at all the venues, and apart from Saracens, (2) a desire to produce quick ball.…


The Fall of Rome and Eddie Jones Leave a comment Read more »

The Fall of Rome and Eddie Jones

At its height Rome and the Caesars controlled the Mediterranean world. At his height Eddie Jones controlled the Mediterranean rugby world. Such was Eddie’s power, that the RFU tried to manufacture a game against New Zealand to prove England were the undisputed rulers of World…


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