I will not coach rugby with COVID-19 surging

Safety. For us at Hamilton Rugby in Sussex, Wisconsin, it is the first and last word we consider for any activity. And broadly speaking, rugby as a sport is pretty good at putting safety first. But that wasn’t always the case.  When I began playing rugby in 1994, the main safety concern was catastrophic spinal […]

Gifted athletes can ruin your rugby program

Having a so-called “gifted” athlete on your rugby team can be great if they have the right attitude and fit well into your team culture. But gifted athletes can ruin your rugby program if they don’t have the commitment and personal values to match their skill at sport. For example, in the hyper-competitive area of pay-to-play […]

Honesty in coaching – the foundation of a strong rugby program

Rugby’s core values are Integrity, Passion, Solidarity, Discipline, and Respect. As a coach, I make a concerted effort to frame situations at training and in matches around these values. While I recognize and coach rugby’s core values, I actually focus more of my times on another value: honesty in coaching. Honesty in Coaching Honesty is simpler […]