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Chris Pollock Series with Chris Pollock

Watch Chris in this new series explain how to bridge the gap between coaches and refs.

Part 1. Chris Pollock - Introduction   2:22 Free video

TRS introduces Chris Pollock, ex international referee. In this video we hear from Chris as he explains how he can help coaches and players understand the game better. Enjoy!


Part 2. Chris Pollock - Breakdown of the breakdown: bridging the gap between coaches and refs 2:21 Member content

In the first video of this series, Chris explains how he can help bridge the gap between coaches and refs. Today he covers the breakdown. Enjoy! Play video

Part 3. Contesting for the ball after the Tackle 0:01 Member content

Ex international referee Chris Pollock discusses who has rights to the ball and for how long after the tackle is made. No excuses now at he breakdown. Play video

Course Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Duration 04:43
Topics Coaches Corner Youth Coach Skills and Drills
Applicable to Coaches   Players   Others   Supporters and fans  
Languages English

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Course reviews



really great to have some laws stuff but I really got confused now. Last situation doesn’t seem a ruck to me, cause defending player never was on his feet. Could you please explain?


Law 16.1(b) clearly states that players must be on their feet for a ruck to be formed. Scenario 2 as outlined cannot be a ruck. Can you please clarify?


In the ideal Rugby World this would be fine but when the Laws are not applied we see Players coming in from the side , all day long, as was the case in the recent AB’s v Lions series.

New Zealand

Yes. Perfect age group U15s as well.


More of these please. Great insight.


This is the best TRS series yet. Anyone who has coached an age group team knows that a good Ref will be a huge help to the development of players at the breakdown. The opposite of course is the same and good work through the week can be spoilt by challenging Ref decisions in the game. Too many side line experts have never Refereed a game( or played) and only see rugby on the box with assistant Refs and 13 cameras to help. Most age group refs are pleased if they get 2 Touch Judges


Great idea. Really looking forward to this series.

New Zealand

As a former player, referee and coach, albeit at a lower club level I understand where Chris is coming from. Club spectators and many players love to do down refs yet nearly all have never reffed or read a law book. Rugby site should build on this expertise aimed at club level players and hopefully a more informed understanding of a refs role will develop.


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