The most inspiring moment of my coaching career

It’s done. I am now at the end of an epic European tour that I have wanted to do since the middle of this year. It did not come about easily and took many sacrifices, but I can only describe this tour as one of the best decisions I have ever taken to advance myself both personally and as a … Read More

Should players know more than the coach?

Coaches should know everything, right? And shouldn’t the players do what the coach wants without question? No. I disagree. I think that the players should know more than the coach and that they should be making the decisions. Here’s why…… The traditional way of teaching and coaching has usually been for the teacher and coach to know everything and the … Read More

Are you making the most of your time?

In my previous two blogs I discussed the statistical findings from one u16 team over one year, followed by the planning required to make the most of the time available with your players to cover all aspects of the game, including player skills. In this blog I will discuss how I run my own practices and what I believe makes … Read More

Are you planning to fail?

Following on from last week’s blog (A statistical analysis in schoolboy rugby) where I presented the statistics I had researched over a year with one u16 side, I will stick my neck out a bit and discuss how I believe practices should be planned and run. I use these plans in in all my own practices and it must be … Read More

A Statistical Analysis Study on School Boy Rugby

Throughout the last few weeks I have been lamenting the lack of skills in schoolboy players as well as opining my reasons for this shortfall. (Are we failing to prepare out players adequately?). I have also spoken about my belief that team practices should rather be based on individual skills instead of the current focus on game plans and unit … Read More