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Changes to Youth Rugby in 2015 Read more »

Changes to Youth Rugby in 2015

Following on from the New Rules of Play which are currently changing the rules of mini rugby, the RFU has been undertaking the next stage of transforming the game for young players. The Age grade competition review looks at the youth age groups and introduces…


Games vs drills: What are we trying to do? Read more »

Games vs drills: What are we trying to do?

In recent years there has been a culture shift in rugby, which has seen the word “drill” almost vilified. There is a movement especially in youth rugby towards the “let them play” ideal of game sense training. It makes sense to practice what you are…


Why Can’t Professional Teams Scrummage? Read more »

Why Can’t Professional Teams Scrummage?

I’ll start this piece by declaring that I have not had any experience of ever having been in a scrum. Something, along with never having eaten a kebab, I intend to maintain for some considerable time if I can. Last weekend I was up early…


Wales set a bad example for grassroots rugby Read more »

Wales set a bad example for grassroots rugby

I would like to take a moment to discuss how Wales has set the recruitment of young players to rugby back a few years on Friday night. The Wales v England match which kicked off the 6 Nations on Friday evening (6 February 2015) had…


Silent Sundays: Not the Solution for Bad Behaviour in Youth Rugby Leave a comment Read more »

Silent Sundays: Not the Solution for Bad Behaviour in Youth Rugby

I’m a bit at a loss this morning. I’ve just read an article about Silent Sundays. If you have not heard about it, Silent Sundays is a new initiative to be put in place in Yorkshire starting 1 February in which fans and coaches have…


Rugby Community Must Take Advantage of Rugby World Cup Leave a comment Read more »

Rugby Community Must Take Advantage of Rugby World Cup

So this is the year England host the Rugby World Cup. That thought takes me back to a Sunday morning on the 23rd November 2003, not the day before, not the performance from an England team who had planned that game in so much detail,…


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