Conor OShea - What are the key attributes of a coach
Conor O Shea gives his thoughts on what makes an effective rugby coach
You know, I'd probably be bored because I'll say the same thing to me. It is a level dependent issue. I think a heck of a lot of patience when you're younger, probably patience in a different way when you're older because the patience will be really drilling down to young players about what the key principles, the key skills and that you know, you hear a lot about whole part whole coaching, you know, you let someone pass then you break that skill down and then you let them pass again. That is so important when you're dealing with young players. It Still Remains so as you get up to the levels, coaching doesn't become defunct but it becomes a different sort of coaching and I think you have to have a greater knowledge and I'm talking here from a professional perspective. You have to have a greater knowledge of a management group where there are loads of different component parts dealing with the player and there's a difference between the director of rugby, my role, and a head coach, so as a roles and responsibilities of what people do but that's what I would say in terms of that coaching. You just have to have patience at all levels a huge amount of knowledge and a huge amount of passion and drive to go over the same things again and again and again and just don't get swayed, do your basics right.
Ben Youngs and Lee Mears describe what they think are the essential ingredients that make up a fun and productive rugby session.
Both were taking part in an England Rugby coaching challenge with schoolchildren in the build up to the 2012 Six Nations.
Chris Kibble of Esher RFC & Whitgift school says to start your sessions with a game. In this clip Chris runs a game called "Drop touch" where the players run back to a line when they make a touch. This is good for fitness and creating wholes to attack
Spending a few minutes to set up will improve the quality of your session considerably. Mixing games and breakout drills keeps the training fresh and interesting while the progressions you use reinforce the skills you are teaching