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New Scrum Laws: A Bit of a Farce? Leave a comment Read more »

New Scrum Laws: A Bit of a Farce?

  Is crouch-bind-set the start of the end of the game for all sizes? New scrum laws this season have, in my opinion, seen this area of the game turn into a bit of a farce. In many games that I have watched, both on…


Holistic Athlete Development (Part 1) Leave a comment Read more »

Holistic Athlete Development (Part 1)

In this series of blogs, I would like to introduce coaches and athletes to a concept that aims to develop players through skills gained and applied outside the usual training and competition environment. The idea is that coaches and athletes should emphasise a stronger requirement…


Joys of Age-Grade Coaching: Start of a New Season (Part 1) Leave a comment Read more »

Joys of Age-Grade Coaching: Start of a New Season (Part 1)

Five more sleeps! A new season starts on Sunday and for the first time in a few years I’m especially excited and enthusiastic at the prospect, so much so that I’m counting the days just as I hope my players will be. Five more sleeps……


British & Irish Lions Support Grassroots Leave a comment Read more »

British & Irish Lions Support Grassroots

The British & Irish Lions visited Sydney Grammar School in Australia to host a coaching clinic with 11 and 12-year-old players. Sydney Grammar School was the same school that was visited by the very first British & Irish Lions squad on the inaugural Tour 125…


Does Rugby Have a Tribal Problem? 3 Comments Read more »

Does Rugby Have a Tribal Problem?

Well, first the good news. Rugby union has not yet become as tribal as 13-a-side, as was proved to me at the weekend. Being a lifelong dual-code rugby follower, I was on Saturday glued to the BBC watching my beloved Leeds Rhinos getting well and…


Youngsters Need Support From Senior Players 2 Comments Read more »

Youngsters Need Support From Senior Players

A year ago I wrote a piece about the development of young players at my club, who at that point had attained positions in the first team and went on to win the Norfolk Junior Cup final. This was a first for the club and…


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