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Part 2- How much guidance should coaches be giving to players

The focus of much elite level coaching – and a concept that is filtering to other levels of coaching – is to encourage athletes to become far more involved in their own learning processes.
Coach Logic and Don Vinson explore the merits of this concept in lower level rugby.

The where and when of ‘how to offload’

The offload can be one of the most exciting and rewarding skills in the game of Rugby Union. Analyst Nick Bishop explains how offloading is a particularly valuable skill for teams who know that they will not go into most games with an advantage in physical size and power over their opponents.

Defence Ruck - Practice Plan

In this session Ben goes through the important parts of defending the ruck. From knowing what to look out for and how to execute, Ben recruits some expert knowledge from current players who are doing this ‘out on the field’.

Defence Team - Practice Plan

In this session Ben goes through some of the key components to defending as a team. He goes through some key points around line defence and gets some input from some top coaches we have on the site.

What is Creativity? – the curious case of Beauden Barrett versus South Africa

If the notion of creativity can be summarized in one word, that word would be ‘vision’. Better peripheral awareness and depth perception lead to better decision-making, and from this perspective Beauden Barrett’s game in the recent match between New Zealand and South Africa in Wellington was of interest from start to finish. Analyst Nick Bishop reflects on Barrett’s performance in his latest article.

Part 1 - Learning to Listen to Players Opinions

What is the best way for coaches and players to successfully engage when video reviewing a game? Video recording matches and post match performance analysis is an increasing part of rugby coaching. Video analysis platform partner Coach-Logic discuss learning to listen to players opinion, in the 1st of a 4 part series on Video performance analysis best practice.

Tigers run out of patience after just one game?

Writer Graham Jenkins reflects on the biggest story to emerge from the opening round of the newly-sponsored Gallagher Premiership in England – Matt O’Connor’s sacking as Leicester Tigers’ Head Coach. Is it a one off or a growing trend.

Culture and Motivational Climate

There is an unbreakable bond between culture and motivational climate. In sport, the coach is typically regarded as the most influential significant other in the athlete’s experience (Pensgaard and Roberts, 2002). Edd Conway explores the positive value of the coach player bond on behalf of Coach Logic (UK)

How the All Blacks dismantled the Wallaby lineout in Sydney

In his latest article analyst Nick Bishop uses Victor Matfield’s excellent Lineout series to helps illuminate the problems the Wallabies experienced in the first All Black test last week.

How the Crusaders lineout defence stood up to be counted in Christchurch

Lineout defence is one of the most important single aspects of defence as a whole. Analyst Nick Bishop explains how the Crusaders defused the vaunted Lions Lineout and primary attacking weapon in last weekend’s Super rugby final.

The importance of ‘reloading’ and understanding space

How do you find the spaces which Townsend claims are always there, at times when the defence is still likely to be cohesive and well-organized? Analyst Nick Bishop illustrates how important accurate ‘reloading’ from a stopping point can exploit ‘re-positionings’ mismatches and create space on the field.

To be, or not to be...Top 14 champions

Writer Graham Jenkins gets an insight into the new ‘culture’ behind Castres surprise Top 14 championship win with Castres coach Joe El Abd.