Filed under: coaches in action pictures, Dan Cottrell, Rugby Coaching | Tags: Rugby Coaching, rugby team talks, talking to the team
A novel way of holding the ball whilst expressing yourself to the audience.
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, ELVs, Rugby Refereeing, Rugby Training | Tags: ELVs, lineouts, mauls, pulling down maul, scrums, training programme
They are here and whatever your opinion on them, you are going to have to play with them for the next year at least. There are 13 ELVs to consider and I have already passed on my first thoughts in this blog.
Practically you need to work the ELVs into your training programme, so here are five ways you can approach this.
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Coaching, Rugby Team Management, Rugby Training | Tags: Rugby Coaching, rugby management, rugby sessions
I am tired. But I am also excited. It has been a busy few days pulling together some thrilling projects at Better Rugby Coaching. Lots of travelling, meetings and sorting. It is my eldest son’s 12th birthday today as well, so an early rise this morning.
As I yawn, it reminded me that, like many coaches, I will sometimes arrive at training sessions tired from all the other things I have to do. I would not want to take any shortcuts in my rugby coaching. It would pain me not to put in 100% effort into the rugby training exercises I have pulled together for that evening’s session.
Yet this effort, the huff and puff, the energy expended on behalf of others can be misplaced.
Look at this quote:
“Progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things”
Robert A. Heinlein American science-fiction Writer, 1907-1988
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Coaching, Rugby Skills, Rugby Training | Tags: All Blacks, England, IRB, Junior Rugby World Cup, JWC, South Africa, Springboks, support play, Wales
I have just heard three of the most annoying words in rugby.
Last night I went to the Liberty Stadium in Swansea to watch the Junior World Cup finals. Wales were playing against South Africa for third place and the big prize being contested by New Zealand and England. In a sort of symmetry with the senior game, the power of Springboks and their super offload skills won the their match. The sparks of brilliance from the number one seeds the All Blacks were too good for England.
In the true spirit of rugby, fans from all nations sat side by side, sharing the atmosphere and rivalry in good humour.
Behind me, a South African supporter gave a running commentary to his friend. A fervent supporter but no reader of the game, he said at least three of the seven most well meant but least helpful words in rugby coaching.
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Team Management, Rugby Training | Tags: hale and paice, post match tactics, pre match talk, rugby comedy, Rugby Tactics, rugby teachers, warm down
The Rugby Coach catalogue of DVDs is out today.
Here is one that slipped through though.
Filed under: coaches in action pictures, Dan Cottrell, Uncategorized | Tags: all weather training, Rugby Coaching, Rugby Training, tabard rfc
Rugby coaching goes on, no matter what the weather.
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Team Management | Tags: collision rugby, Neath, players welfare
I was very sad to hear this week that Neath scrum half Gareth Jones lost his battle to survive a horrendous neck injury suffered in a Welsh Premiership Game two months ago.
Thankfully serious injuries are very rare in rugby, but that does not diminish the sense of tragedy involved with this incident. No amount of words can make up for the loss felt by his family, friends and colleagues.
Filed under: coaches in action pictures, Uncategorized | Tags: pictures of coaching, rugby coaches, Rugby Training, world rugby
The first in series of photos of rugby coaches in action from around the world.
It is not just about the national and professional coaches, but those of us who have to train in all circumstances, weathers, pitches and players!
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Coaching, Rugby News, Rugby Training | Tags: All Blacks, ELVs, England, international rugby, IRB, IRB Nations Cup, lineout tips, Ospreys, Pacific Nations Cup, rugby decision-making, rugby kick and chase, rugby training tips, Under 20s World Cup
A bumper rugby weekend on the international front, with matches in every corner of the world. Full tests in the Southern Hemisphere, an A team tournament, Under 20s World Cup, IRB Nations Cup and the Pacific Nations Cup. Chuck in some women’s sevens and you could easily have sat in front of the television all weekend and not ventured outside.
ELVs or not, there was plenty of scintillating rugby on show, and no sign that international games are turgid, or indeed one-sided affairs.
But we don’t just watch the games for “our team”. We want to take something away with us, a little titbit to take onto the training ground for next week.
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Skills, Rugby Training | Tags: 2nd row, academy, alun wyn jones, coaching kids, coaching skills, offiside, online drills, Ospreys, Rugby Coaching, rugby decision-making, Rugby Drills, rugby environment, rugby sessions, Swansea University, Welsh international
I watched three different rugby sessions today.
And I cheated.
All the sessions were all online. Two were from Youtube and one was from an email I got sent by a rugby coaching business. As you know, I am a magpie for all things to do with rugby coaching, so I looked at them carefully. I came to one unfortunate conclusion.
But before I tell what the conclusion is, I want to tell you about something I observed last night at another training session.