Rugby coaches without the financial clout of the Aviva Premiership are able to bring technological assistance to their own clubs with the help of the iTeam app for iPhone. Advancements in technology have put a wealth of statistics and data at the disposal of the game’s professional coaches. Those further down the rugby ladder can now get insights into their team on Apple’s smartphone.
iTeam allows users to view fixtures for the remainder of the season, past results from the current or previous ... Read More
One of the hardest aspects of coaching rugby is bringing a team back up after a loss. Sooner or later every team faces defeat, and as a coach, how you deal with this situation will define your quality. I have a background in education, and I have often read theories about how to teach young people the importance of learning to fail well, and I think these principles apply directly to coaches and their teams. So how do you fail ... Read More
Rugby is a hard physical sport, and for players to be successful they will need to have a high level of fitness. In this article I will look at some different methods players can use to prepare themselves for a season of rugby. I will focus on fitness work during three different phases of the year: Off Season, Pre Season, and During the Season.
This is the period starting from the end of the previous season. It is important for any ... Read More
Defence is important, in tight games it can be the difference between winning and losing, however, it’s not an aspect of the game which players will enjoy practicing. As a coach you need to ensure you have a strong defensive plan. In this article I will look as some important aspects of coaching defensive and provide you with some resources to get you started.
The key to good backline defence is communication. A player needs to cover all of an opponent’s attacking ... Read More
You don’t want your players starting practice or preparing for a game without having warmed up correctly.
A warm up in rugby is very important as it increases your body and muscle temperature. It also helps to activate muscle groups and stimulate the nervous system to increase joint mobility. This prepares players for the tough physical activity of rugby while lowering the risk of injury.
What should players do?
The following video is a good example that looks at some of the options for warming ... Read More
This is a great rugby clip with some amazing tries. Really good to watch this type of stuff, gets the blood pumping and the lads motivated.
Like any sport rugby requires a good deal of training to be successful. You can break your training efforts into a few groups:
Strength and Power
Strength work is obviously very important to a player's conditioning. Weights are an integral part of strength training and there is a good variety of weight training exercises for players in all positions. It is important to focus on all muscle groups as it is very important that you have strong stomach and lower-back muscles, then, for upper-body ... Read More