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COVID-19 Risks and Solutions for Rugby Leave a comment Read more »

COVID-19 Risks and Solutions for Rugby

Key issues and risks that are currently affecting players, coaches and rugby clubs (and likely to affect in the near future) as well as a list of solutions and recommended approaches to these issues and risks.


6 Nations 2021: Fixture List May Save England Players Leave a comment Read more »

6 Nations 2021: Fixture List May Save England Players

Upcoming 6 Nations fixture against Italy may save some England players.


6 Nations 2021 Must "Win the Mob" Leave a comment Read more »

6 Nations 2021 Must “Win the Mob”

It may seem strange to adopt a gladiatorial phrase to introduce an article on 6 Nations rugby union, however, COVID-19 has prevented the rugby family attending live rugby matches. Although able to watch games across various TV platforms, the arena seems devoid of atmosphere without…


Italian Rugby: Significant Progress Underway and a Good Tour Destination Leave a comment Read more »

Italian Rugby: Significant Progress Underway and a Good Tour Destination

Back in the early 2000’s I was fortunate to visit Italy to conduct coach education and practical coaching sessions. The enthusiasm and passion to learn was very evident, however, basic playing techniques were poor thus making it hard to develop continuous play. The National side…


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…


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