SUP Ultimate Rugby – a fun and unique aquatic rugby variation

I coach High School rugby and each year we try to come up with a fun team-building event during the pre-season. Myself and another of our coaches are big fans of stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), and we thought it might make a cool adventure for the team. There is a great paddleboard rental shop here in […]

How to recruit rugby players and be honest about concussion risk

If you’re like me and coach minors, you might be struggling with strategies to ease the legitimate concerns of parents regarding concussion risk in rugby and other contact sports. At my school, we take a pragmatic and honest approach and in our experience, this is not a major obstacle for recruiting new players. Before I […]

Add context to practices with the rugby coaching pyramid

Rugby season has begun again here in Wisconsin. It’s a great time to reflect both on last season as well as my offseason coaching development. In particular, I’ve been reviewing the lessons learned from my experience with Premiership Rugby Coaching Development Scholarship. One lesson that stands out it is the importance of teaching the players […]

Who should apply for a Premiership Rugby coaching development scholarship?

If you read this blog, then you already know that I applied for a Premiership Rugby coaching development scholarship last year. The application is straightforward: submit a ninety-second video along with your contact info. When I first considered applying, I was unsure if I was qualified and did not know what I to put in […]

Premiership Scholarship Day 6 – Functional roles and selections with Saracens

Day six of the Premiership Rugby Coaching Development Scholarship began with a trip to Woollams Playing Fields, home to Old Albanians RFC and the full-time training facility for Saracens. The Saracens run a “clarity day” on Fridays to prepare for the Saturday match. Practice began with non-rugby games like soccer followed by ultimate rugby. It […]

Premiership Scholarship Day 5 – Key factor analysis and principles of play with London Irish and London Scottish

Day 4 of the Premiership Coaching Development Scholarship was busy and exhausting, but the break in curriculum delivery cleared our minds for a full day of learning on Day 5. We started off with a trip to the Hazelwood Centre, the training and administrative location for London Irish. Here we received the Key Factor Analysis […]

Premiership Scholarship Day 4 – London tour and television appearance

After three days of curriculum, Day 4 of the Premiership Coaching Development Scholarship concentrated on cultural events. We spent most of the day taking in the sights and sounds of London. We started with a tour of Twickenham Stadium — the mecca for rugby in England. As you can see in the video above, we […]

Premiership Scholarship Day 3 – Practice planning and delivery with Harlequins

The entire third day of the Premiership Coaching Development Scholarship was spent with the Harlequins men’s and women’s teams at their practice sessions at Surrey Sports Park. It was both massively challenging and greatly rewarding. The pace, organization, and simplicity of the practice was impressive. The sheer amount of productivity at the 90-minute men’s practice […]

Premiership Scholarship Day 2 – Coaching process and Rugby School

After getting some much-needed rest to shake off the jet lag from Day 1, we headed into the second day of the Premiership Rugby Coaching Development Scholarship with enthusiasm. The day began with a class focused on the role of the coach. The facilitator for this session was Gareth Hatherley-Hurford, the skills coach at London […]

Premiership Scholarship Day 1 – Saracens at Northampton Saints

The Premiership Coaching Development Scholarship began today with the arrival of 30 American coaches in London, England. Most of the scholarship winners arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport by 11 AM. Soon thereafter we were on our way to Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre (our base of operations) to drop off our bags and collect the […]