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Women's Coaching Series with The Rugby Site

In this series, we hear from women's coaches at all levels.

Part 1. Interview with Mere Baker   12:47 Free video

In this video, we talk with Southland Stags Women's coach and USA ARPTC coach Mere Baker and hear her advice for women wanting to get into coaching. Enjoy!


Part 2. Passing Accuracy Drill onto Modified Games 7:51 Member content

In this video Mere focusses on passing accuracy and player support. Enjoy! Play video

Part 3. Overloads & Decision Making 6:27 Free video

In this video Mere follows on with overloads and decision making drills. Enjoy! Play video

Part 4. Interview with Lesley McKenzie 16:07 Free video

As part of our Women's Rugby series, Producer Warren talked with Japan Women's XV's coach Lesley McKenzie and her dog Boy. Enjoy! Play video

Part 5. Building Blocks for Contact 11:05 Member content

In this video, Lesley progresses through simple, easy to replicate steps for the young players to get accustomed to and enjoy, the unique experience of the Rugby Tackle. Enjoy! Play video

Part 6. Building Blocks for Contact - Hip Snap from the Feet 6:22 Member content

In this video, Lesley progress the Hip Snap to a standing position. Enjoy! Play video

Part 7. Building Blocks for Contact - Footwork & Hitting a Bag 8:40 Member content

This week, Lesley continues with her new players progressing the Contact Building Blocks onto Tackle Bag hits. Enjoy! Play video

Part 8. Building Blocks for Contact - Putting it all Together 6:21 Member content

This week, having completed the Tackle Primers, Lesley completes Contact Building Blocks session Shifting the Tackle focus onto the next ball carrier. Enjoy! Play video

Course Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8
Duration 75:40
Topics Coaches Corner Catch and Pass Interviews
Applicable to Coaches   Players   Others   Supporters and fans  
Languages English

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Course reviews

This is brilliant from Lesley McKenzie. Her patience and clarity in communication is such an important quality to replicate as coaches.


Explanation excellent for players and coaches – very clear what to look for.


Great drill, we use it all the time now. Makes my girls think outside the box.


Very clear instructions, well presented, doing the basics correctly, eliminating poor techniques.


Awesome work, Lesley! Hips don’t lie! Can’t wait to use this with my teams


Very informative for younger and beginner players.

South Africa

Great communication for feedback!


Nice work Southland Girls some very good drills and self reflection conducted.


Square hips! How? Open the hips with the first step, we should eliminate the dominant leg moving first. Love the exercise, a lot going on.


Great interview and journey.


I’m glad to see the growth in opportunities for women in coaching. This video is full of ‘little gems’ for coaches, regardless of gender. An enlightening interview. Thanks.


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