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Mindset of Champions 7: Player Motivation

Our Mindset of Champions series continues with an insight into how elite players focus and motivate themselves to continue improving and performing at the top of their game.
We delve into the truly world class mindsets of players like Leigh Halfpenny and Richie McCaw and reveal how they set high standards for themselves every day, their focus techniques before and during games and how they self-review after a match.
The mental aspect of the game is vital for players and coaches at all levels and can make the difference between good and great.

New Wayne Smith Trailer: Contesting your own high ball

The second in this new series of rugby coaching videos from Wayne Smith is about contesting your own high ball.

“It’s a really difficult skill to develop in your players… but it’s a really great skill to work on because there is a great outcome if you can win the ball back.” – Wayne Smith.

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Wayne Smith Preview: Receiving the high ball

The first in this new series of rugby coaching videos from Wayne Smith is about high ball work, and specifically about receiving the high ball.

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Mindset of Champions 6: Coaching Philosophies

Next up in our Mindset of Champions series, we look closely at the coaching philosophies of those who have taken teams to great success.

In this piece we hear from a variety of coaches including Sir Graham Henry, Wayne Smith, Warren Gatland and Joe Schmidt on how they coach and develop teams, focus on the fundamentals and how they empower player ownership.

These insights are key for any coach who wants to continue developing themselves and their squads.

Coming soon: Wayne Smith on winning the ball

According to Wayne Smith, at least 40% of tries scored worldwide come from turnover ball. In this new series, Wayne shows you how to win the ball off your opponent from high kicks and in the tackle.

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Mindset of Champions 5: Dan and Richie's Careers

Following the previous episode on these great player’s lives, we hear from Dan and Richie on their career journeys. From first being selected to play for the All Blacks to their biggest accomplishments and which players they most respect as opponents.

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Mindset of Champions 4: Dan and Richie's Stories

Our Mindset of Champions series continues with an exclusive look at the lives two of modern rugby’s most influential players – Daniel Carter and Richie McCaw – in their own words.

In these episodes, we interview these greats of the game about how they got into rugby, their early years in the game, their motivation, and their lives off the field.

These videos are a must for all students of the game and anyone who aspires to play at the elite level.

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Mindset of Champions 3: Leigh Halfpenny

The third episode of the ‘The Mindset of Champions’ features British Lion, Welsh international, and IRB Player of the Year 2013 nominee Leigh Halfpenny.

Leigh speaks openly about his love of his club and the importance of giving back to the game that has given him so much.

He speaks fondly about his grandfather who was undeniably the biggest influence in his career. And how when he is feeling under pressure in a big game, he mentally takes himself back to his homeground, and how important it is to put your misses “to bed”.

“My grandad said: If you’re not putting the hard work in – there’s always someone who will.”


Mindset of Champions 2: Richie McCaw

The second episode of the ‘The Mindset of Champions’ features New Zealand’s World Cup-winning captain Richie McCaw. He talks openly about his approach to the game, what keeps him motivated to achieve, and how he has stayed at the top of the international game for so long.

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Mindset of Champions 1: Dan Carter

Dan Carter: all-time leading scorer in international rugby, and one of the greatest ever fly-halfs.

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