Rugby Tips

Six days to turn underdogs into winners.

I arrived in the US to prepare the unfancied US Falcons for the IRB North American 4 Tournament (NA4). In just six days I helped shape players who were vying for international honours beat a Canadian team boasting nine internationals. And here is how. 1: Be prepared, be professional With only six days before the

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How the New Zealand Maori beat the Lions

Jim Love was assistant coach to Matt Te Pou, and together they masterminded an historic victory for the New Zealand Maori against the British Lions in June 2005. This was the first victory for New Zealand Maori over the Lions in seven attempts stretching back to 1930. The final score was 19-13. Jim lets us

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Culture,Protocol and Teams

Building personal protocols Protocols are the accepted mode of behaviour in certain situations. We have “ways” we do things, in our approach to preparing to play and playing rugby. Before the start of the season, these should be agreed upon by the team and the management. Though they are not “laws”, the consequences of breaking

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Learning from Maori culture

One of the key themes that coaches at all levels can learn from the top class speakers is the importance of culture and environment on performance and success.

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“My time at the New Zealand Sports Academy was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Playing rugby in New Zealand had always been a goal of mine and upon searching for ways to so this, I stumbled across the Academy and it met all of my expectations. Although I was only there for four weeks, I was able to improve my skills and fitness drastically due to the high level coaching from Darrel and the tough training regimen. Monday to Thursday at the Academy would consist of some tough weights sessions alongside skill, fitness and speed sessions, all of which enabled me to see a huge improvement in all of these areas over the 4 weeks. I was lucky enough to play a couple of games for Rotorua U21s as set up by the Academy. I even got to captain my last game which was an incredible experience. Being an international student I received position specific coaching sessions from Darrel while the domestic students attended class. This was invaluable as we covered many aspects including tackle technique, break down work, foot work and line out throws. Darrel also introduced me to the Maori style of running rugby, which emphasises the importance of handling and footwork (even if you\\\'re a front rower), this has taken my game to the next level and I noticed a hige improvement in my attacking game upon my return to England. In addition to the rugby, the Academy also ensures you experience the Maori culture and the various other attractions of Rotorua. During my time here I was lucky enough to watch a Chiefs game, go white water rafting and experience the \\\'Te Puia Geothermal Gite and Maori Village\\\' all of which were amazing experiences. The Academy was the highlight of my trip to New Zealand and I would whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone who wants to experience rugby in New Zealand.”

Peter Davies, Northampton, UK