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 experience at the New Zealand Sports Academy was amazing. Not only in terms of rugby, but learning, living, and being enveloped in the New Zealand way of life. Coming from America and living in a rugby culture, you realize what rugby is all about. The fast pace New Zealand style of rugby is unique. Anyone who is interested in playing rugby in a different country should not consider any other option; the New Zealand Sports Academy is the place to go.”

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