We spend so much time on coaching the usual suspects of technical, tactical and conditioning, that we can not spend enough time on the unusual suspects.Andy Brownhill, head of rugby at Park House School, Newbury, a pathway coach with Gloucester academy and a coach with Scotland U16s discusses with me:How to use hot feedback to create tempoUsing different questions with different playersWhat he calls the unusual suspects and whyWhat... Read more
Dr Anna Stodter specialises in how coaches learn. Her research gives us an important insight into the impact of coaching courses and how wider learning influences your knowledge and practice.She's a lecturer at Anglia Ruskin university, plays for Saracens and has been capped by Scotland, plus coaches Cambridge University Women’s team.In our conversation, we discuss:What might a coach need to learnWhy that learning is different from... Read more
Recovery is an absolutely essential part of any training regime. Recovery is the process where the body rebuilds itself at the cellular level following physical exertion, allowing those fitness gains to be realised. With poor or inadequate recovery, not only can much or all the hard work in your training sessions be wasted, you may actually reduce your performance capability, and increase the risk of injury and illness.Andy Ha... Read more
In a highly energetic podcast, inspirational coach and educator, Craig Gunn completely messes up my idea of a structure to develop some brilliant ideas for better coaching.We venture into session design, how to maintain control and where coaches sometimes lose sight of the real goals of a session.We mention some gurus of coaching, including Brian Ashton, Lynn Evans, John Fletcher, Russell Earnshaw and Richard Cheetham.We discuss ho... Read more
Liza Burgess talks with former Scottish international and experienced coach, Donna Kennedy. She is passionate about the women's game, Scottish rugby and coaching as a whole. She talks about how the women's game needs to change to continue to move forward. Donna has coached at lots of levels of the game, including the Barbarians, and as director of rugby at Worcester. The topics also include:How to organise team talksAre there ... Read more
A podcast with the legendary Anna Richards talking about her progression from playing to coaching along with an insight into what is exciting her about the future of the women's game How to deal with situations on the playing field when things don’t go quite to plan.Top tips for a coach new to rugby.What’s it like to coach the famous Barbarians squad.An insight into coaching Hong Kong.
In our series of session walkthroughs, Chris Sweetapple discusses with a game he renamed "hot rucks", which was a development of the Rugby Coach Weekly game, Snap-back ruck game.We start by chatting about the season review process, including his club's "speed-dating" session to improve each team's understanding of the coming season.In the walkthrough, we discuss:How to set up the game.Key factors for quick games.How to coach effect... Read more
Rich Clarke, a highly qualified S&C coach, university lecturer and evidence-based trainer, talks us through how we can make simple changes to improve our agility training. He explains how we can use constraints, ensure a specific stimulus and where we might start with less athletic players.Here are some of the highlights:Agility needs a specific perceptual stimulusWhere to start with less athletic playersHow to coach basic tech... Read more
Liza Burgess talks to LJ Lewis about her Level 4 journey so far. LJ is the forwards coach for Tyrrells Premiership team, Gloucester Hartpury, and former player with Loughborough.Here are some of the highlights:Understand the person to help develop them into a better playerFind out what you’re passionate about in the game and learn as much as you can about itTalk and ask questions of other coaches to develop your knowledgeUnderstand... Read more
Liza "Bird" Burgess was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2018. With 93 caps for Wales and GB, she's also an experienced international and club coach. Now assisting Susie Appleby at Gloucester-Hartbury in the Tyrrells English Premiership, she shares her approach to coaching, what inspires her and how she's changed her delivery. These are exciting times for the women's game as more women take up the coaching reigns - it ... Read more
Experienced DPP coach, coaching coordinator and grassroots coach, Ian Hollingworth chats about how he has learned to take more risks. He tells us how he is passionately curious about his coaching and how that has changed his approach. He explains his escape routes if the session is not going quite right, how to maintain the tempo in training plus empowering players and coaches.Ian is a lead coach with Essex DPP Under 15s, Billerica... Read more
Talking with experienced grassroots Chris Sweetapple, we look at a recent session he's run using a Rugby Coach Weekly activity. This episode is about "defence zone" which was the game activity as part of the practice plan, Standing in the tackle.We also discuss, and not necessarily agree (!) on the following questions: "Who are we doing this for?" and "How do development and results coaches get along?"
I was delighted to catch up with Ed Robinson, attack coach with the Jersey Reds. His team had just served up a fantastic try in the English second tier competition, which went onto win Skys Sports 2018 try of the year.I spoke to him to find out some of the background behind the try. And I found myself immersed in a great journey and really challenged to rethink some of my own thoughts.In this insightful podcast find out:Why big lif... Read more
What changes when you do a Level 1 course. How has your "language" in coaching change. Top tips on using demonstrations in trainingWhat gets players back - not making fun "silly"What does engaging the players look likeWhen do you drill the playersHow long before new players can play contactAt what age do players start to think "team"How do parents react to equal playing timeHow do you deal with poor answers to your coachi... Read more
For more than a quarter of a century, international sports performance coach Wayne Goldsmith has influenced the coaching, thinking and teaching of some of the world’s leading athletes, coaches and teams.His client list has included the Super Rugby Teams the ACT Brumbies, Western Force and Queensland Reds, the Wallabies / Rugby Australia, the NZRU / New Zealand Rugby Union High Performance Unit, NRL teams the Sydney Roosters, Wests ... Read more
Tim Ravenscroft, lead coach for his U12’s team in Bristol and also Sector Head Age Grade Rugby at Gloucestershire RFU discusses how coaching and fixtures are changing for the better at age group rugby.Tim tells us about:Curry nights for coaches and light bulb momentsLetting players play different sports – and hard choicesHelping coaches find better ways to engage with their playersNew ideas for better fixtures for playersThe pressu... Read more
Dan welcomes IRFU head of coaching and coach development Colin Moran to the podcast to discuss how best to keep players in love with the game.
Simon Nainby, an experienced S&C coach, coaching consultant and rugby coach, talks about how to give autonomy to your players, the power of stories, what is meant by action bias and why taking a netball team changed his approach to coaching
Giles Heagerty, who runs the rugby at a busy school, plus is head coach of England Counties U18 and also Waterloo Ladies, shares his insights.