The Role of School Coaches

So what is the role of a school coach? Has anyone ever told the country’s coaches about their role as coaches in the development of our youth? My guess is that they have not. So where do these coaches fall into the national development plan and what are they supposed to be focussing on? School coaches undeniably play a massive … Read More

Do coaches see errors by rugby players as weaknesses?

I recently asked the question ‘Do coaches see errors by Rugby players as weaknesses?’ the other day on Twitter (@RossRugby) after I wondered why Rugby at almost every level has become so structured with coaches taking ever more control of attack, an aspect of Rugby that was once solely controlled by the players’ decisions on the field. Why has Rugby … Read More

The Pigeon Holed Player

Rugby as a game has been commonly romanticised as the sport that caters for all shapes and sizes, no matter your ability there will always be a place for you in the game, but is it really still a game that accommodates all types? Rugby has changed dramatically over the past few years with players now bigger, stronger, faster and … 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

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