Coaches Corner articles
In the Coaches Corner you will find the uncategorised videos for coaches about general off field rugby topics.
What the raw statistics from the World Cup say about the attack-defence balance in the global game [part 1]
The first part of this two-piece survey Nick Bishop researches key stats thrown up over the course of the competition. In the second he will then apply them to the direction of a seminal match (France vs South Africa quarter final)
Is the game your team plays all what it seems?
Do you know how many phases of play your team does for each sequence of play? How many sequences of play occur in a game? What factors usually decide the outcome of your game? We investigate how you find this information and why it differs from professional rugby to community level rugby.
Is the goal-line drop-out more important than the 50/22?
Restarting the game from underneath your own posts makes a huge territorial difference, compared to a drop-out from your own 22 metre line. Analyst Nick Bishop details the outcomes of goal line dropouts in the recent All Blacks v Wallabies test match.
Go Forward and Dominate
In his 1st piece for The Rugby Site, ex All Blacks Analyst, Blues and Manu Samoa Defence coach Alastair Rogers looks at one of the main Principles of Play in the game which applies to both sides of the ball – Go Forward.
Coaching to inspire in your own orbit
As the world celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing, writer Graham Jenkins reflects on how coaches should be looking to inspire, and positively influence, their players within their own orbit.
Coaches should embrace ‘half game rule’ challenge
From the start of next season, all match day squad players at every level of youth, junior and minis rugby, from ages 6 to 18, must play at least half a game. A policy that has been in place in NZ and Wales for some years. Graham backgrounds the rationale behind the move and the impact on coaches.
Are 'foracks' the future?
Last week Eddie Jones introduced the possibility of in the future backs playing the in the forwards. Writer Graham Jenkins, in his latest article, looks at whether Jones’ comments have merit or are just pre 6N tournament banter.
What attention to detail at the cleanout really means
Ireland’s Joe Schmidt already coaches with the same values as his All Black counterparts, Sir Graham Henry and Steve Hansen. He insists on high standards of behaviour both on and off the field, on the need to ‘sweep the sheds’ and take responsibility for every individual action. I believe this makes him a New Zealand head coach-in-waiting. Analyst Nick Bishop explores the attention to detail from Joe Schmidt’s Irish team in his latest article.
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.
Ever seen a kid rush into a sports shop to buy a cone?
Working alongside head coach John Fletcher and Peter Walton, as part of England’s U18 coaching team Russell Earnshaw is on a mission to equip English rugby’s brightest talents with an unrivalled skill set and give them both the freedom to express themselves and the confidence to execute in any given scenario. Graham Jenkins spoke with him to better understand Russell’s mission and how they are going about achieving it.