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Mindset of a champion with Wayne Smith

Wayne Smith shares his philosophy on the need for coaches and players to continue to innovate, and think outside the square – coaching to continue to win.

Part 1. Wayne Smith - Mindset of a Champion - Part 1 of 3   10:14 Member content

Wayne Smith “fell into” coaching while playing in Italy after the end of his first-class rugby career in New Zealand. Ten years later he steered the Crusaders to their first (of many) Super Rugby titles. Along the way he absorbed lessons from a wide variety of influential rugby personalities, took notes from Blues coach Graham Henry, and eventually ended up teaching Henry some lessons of his own. In the first of a series of three videos, Wayne lays down the recipe for coaching success. And it starts with learning and sharing.

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Part 2. Wayne Smith - Mindset of a Champion - Part 2 of 3 10:56 Member content

He’s been called the most influential coach in world rugby. How did Wayne Smith become such a respected and innovative rugby thinker? In part 2 of this series, Wayne explains how experiences as diverse as going to his teacher’s house for fish and chips, learning the French flair-based approach to rugby from ‘Le Professeur’ himself, Pierre Villepreux, and working as CEO of a small rugby union in New Zealand, gave him the all-round experience and vision to mould the world’s most successful teams. Play video

Part 3. Wayne Smith - Mindset of a Champion - Part 3 of 3 8:56 Member content

The third and final part of this series, Wayne Smith shares his philosophy on the need for coaches and players to continue to innovate, and think outside the square – coaching to continue to win. And what’s it’s like to coach the rugby team of a nation who finds it totally unacceptable to lose a game of rugby. Play video

Part 5. Richie McCaw 0:05 Member content

World cup winning All Black captain Richie McCaw talks about what he does to make himself the best player he can be every week. Insight into one of the world' greatest ever players and captains. Play video

Part 6. Dan Carter - Mindset of a Champion 5:00 Member content

World player of the year, leading points scorer in world rugby All Black Dan Carter is one of the best players to ever player the game. Dan talks to the Rugby Site about how he prepared and played the game so he could be the best in the world. Play video

Course Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5
Duration 30:06
Topics Player Programme Leadership & Management Interviews
Applicable to Coaches   Players   Others  
Languages English

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Course reviews

It could be argued that this is the most valuable video on the entire Rugby Site! Half an hour of golden coach mentoring!


Great words from a legend on the field and …. and from the coaching box.


Translate to spanish pleasee


Por favor traducir al español. Es vital entender esta charla. Por favor rugby site. Muchas gracias.


Having a mindset to share ideas must help others but also get respect through out the Rugby World.

New Zealand

Great video ! very insightful to hear from one of Rugby’s successful and respected coach on his views and experience

South Africa

Great coach,very specific on every aspect of the game.


He is just a great communicator , I think his greatest asset is his comment on sharing ideas I just love that .


keep developing, keep developing, keep developing, I’m just going to keep saying that to myself. Great session


struggling to play these videos…

South Africa

en español para cuando ?


hello, I cant see this video.


Por favor, traducir el video a español


Really good video!




traducir el video al español


En español, por favor!


Great learning

New Zealand

Like being wrapped in a warm blanket while having your mind cleaned and polished. Totally inspirational and energizing. Nice one Wayne.


¡¡¡ ESPAÑOL !!!


Kia Ora , i have the same issue as others, the video keeps cut’n out.


Hi. None of the videos I’ve tried are working. The Graham Henry positional requirements, the Wayne Smith mindset videos… I click on play video and there is a blank space where the video player should be. I have Adobe Flash player installed on my computer.

New Zealand

lo quiero en ESPAÑOL!!!!!! muy bueno tenerlo a Wayne Smith explicando estos conceptos


I would love to listen to wayne and Grahams latest vidoes but they just keep cutting out brett fell


I could listen to Wayne talking all day long.


lo quiero e idioma español!: saludos


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