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Northampton Players Support Grassroots Rugby Leave a comment Read more »

Northampton Players Support Grassroots Rugby

Youngsters attending a Premiership Rugby Academy were given the opportunity to learn from their heroes last week when Northampton Saints players Ben Foden, James Wilson and Sam Dickinson turned up to join in. Two hundred Premiership Rugby Academies are held nationwide each year and are…


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Respect in Rugby

Rugby is responsible for two of the proudest moments of my life, although neither moment has to do with actually playing the game. The first was the Remembrance weekend of November 2004 when I took my U9s to Welford Road to watch the Tigers play.…


Why Do We Bother With Laws in Minis Rugby? 2 Comments Read more »

Why Do We Bother With Laws in Minis Rugby?

We’re a quarter of the way through season 2012-13 and already it’s been a very promising year for our U8s. Numbers are good, and at 29 players we have the biggest U8 squad our club’s ever had. This presents challenges in terms of getting all…


Champions Do Not Become Champions on the Pitch Leave a comment Read more »

Champions Do Not Become Champions on the Pitch

  It’s been an amazing few months; I’ve worked with various players from Moseley RFC and Coventry Bears Rugby League alongside leading the S&C for the Gloucestershire All Golds Rugby League, Lydney RFC and carrying out some consultancy work at a couple of local Gloucestershire…


Mark Mapletoft: Keeping Players Fresh vs Consistency of Performance Leave a comment Read more »

Mark Mapletoft: Keeping Players Fresh vs Consistency of Performance

Four weeks into the season, four wins out of four and back to the top of the table. As you can imagine, the Harlequins camp is a happy one at present, but no one is getting carried away. There is still a long way to…


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Ten Commandments for Rugby Coaches

With the new Age Grade season now properly under way, I’m looking at the role of coaches in developing players. The turnaround in England’s fortunes in the 5 months between the end of the last World Cup and the conclusion of this year’s 6 Nations,…


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