Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Coaching, Rugby Skills, Rugby Training | Tags: ball placement, contact, London Irish, ruck drill, ruck skills, skills drills
The London Irish video series is good to watch because it has some simple ideas which promote better technique.
This simple exercise works on getting beyond the tackle, ball placement, protection and the tackle contest. It can be easily developed from a slow, mastery type exercise, into performance under pressure.
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Coaching, Rugby Skills, Rugby Training | Tags: contact skills, drills, London Irish, rucking, Toby Booth
The coaches at London Irish are full of excellent ideas. Here is a video of a drill created by David Williams and London Irish Head Coach Toby Booth.
It is quick to set up, interesting and slightly unusual. It gives you an excellent chance to concentrate on honing good technique.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: London Irish, Middlesex Sevens, red cards, Samuari International, streaker, Wayne Barnes
There was only one red card at the 2009 Middlesex Sevens. Wayne Barnes, the All Blacks’ favourite referee, showed no mercy to a young lady who had decided to run the length of the pitch.
That she was wearing no top didn’t prevent the young English referee sending her to an early bath.
I was there at the Sevens as a guest of the Samurai International team, who eventually lost in the final to London Irish. The Irish fielded their best international team. Sevens will be getting bigger in the next few years because it is only one step away from the 2016 Olympics and there are rumours that it might make an appearance as a demonstration sport in the London Olympics.
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Coaching, Rugby Team Management | Tags: age grade rugby, Guinness Premiership, London Irish, rising to the top, Rugby Coaching, Toby Booth
London Irish did not win the Guinness Premiership final. But the story of their coach, Toby Booth, makes inspirational reading.
Most top teams have former internationals at the helm. Booth rose from the lower regions of the pro league system. He built his career through working in less glamorous roles before gaining a reputation in age grade rugby.
His story is told in a recent interview with The Independent before the final.