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Use the Rugby World Cup to inspire your kids Read more »

Use the Rugby World Cup to inspire your kids

If you have a child you would like to get involved in rugby, then there’s surely no better opportunity to do so than through the upcoming Rugby World Cup, which will be held 18 September – 31 October 2015. The Rugby World Cup will be…


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–A view from inside the tent 1 Comment Read more »

SILENT SUNDAYS–A view from inside the tent

The furore (too strong a word? Kerfuffle might be better) over the #SilentSundays experiment run by my local governing body Yorkshire Rugby Football Union (YRFU) over the last two weekends of Age Grade rugby was something of a surprise – and yet, knowing rugby folk…


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