Eight nine year olds should be using a rugby ball. But doing it I think in a multi-sport multi-game process so that they have just a good awareness and excitement about playing it and I'm just getting the idea that you know, you're passing skills and everything can be enhanced with just working with not just a rugby ball but tennis for football basketball and actually just encouraging them to play.
Conor O Shea - explores why coaches should never stop learning
The hot topic! who is winning for, some of the games leading coaches provide their view
Where do you get your inspiration from to add new things into your game and why change is good
Should coaches combine games, drills and stretching in their warm ups. The Wasps coaches combine some physical running work and games as an example
Communication is key to making good decisions. Jon Curry from Northampton Saints makes some simple but very important observations to help players make informed decisions
What is it that elite coaches look for in players
It's not just down to coaches to prepare players for the game. Most of the work must be done by the players themselves, to ensure they are in the best physical and mental condition to perform and learn.
Whether your season was a success or otherwise, it is important to review and reflect, in order to plan for the future. Use RCD tools to upload and review your club's footage. Share this with your whole club and plan your coaching philosophy and coaching plans for the new season.
Paul Gustard of Saracens explains where he looks for inspiration for new coaching ideas.
The academy coaches discuss the why development is their main priority
Academy coach provides some insight into some ideas on community coaches and parents of players
Saracen's community coach explains how most players learn and the vital role that video resources play in communicating new ideas, skills and moves
Harlequins coaches talk through their coaching philosophy and what it means to their players
All the top coaches agree. Rugby is all about performing the basics well. This means being able to execute accurate skills at the right time, under pressure...
Premiership Rugby coaches talk about the signs they look for in assessing a team or unit and translating this into practical coaching points and plans
Dean Ryan discusses the importance of basics in rugby union.
Elite coaches outline the key fundamentals that they look for in young players and what club coaches could potentially focus on
Conor O Shea discusses what constitutes the basic aspects of rugby union
Sir Ian Mcgeechan discusses how technology has developed the game at all alevels but especially the professional aspect
The London Scottish Skills Coach explains why skill work is important and why you should incorporate them into fitness.
Add a competitive element to your warm ups to engage your players and mentally prepare them for the session.
London Scottish Players and Coaches explain why they often train in 4 minute blocks.
Here's Graham Steadman, Head Coach at London Scottish FC explaining how he chooses to end his sessions. Let your players take ownership of their skills.
Ex Harlequins coach explains the basic defensive principles - starting with ‘Go Forward’.
Ex Harlequins coach Collin Osborne walks you through his defence philosophy and explains why your team would benefit from a philosophy or buzzword/phrase!
Ex Harlequins coach Collin Osborne explains his fourth defensive principle - Line Speed.
Conor O Shea - Harlequins DoR