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Motivational video by David Clarke

Gary Gold, the Springboks and Sharks assistant coach, has always been great at posting superb rugby resources. Here is another. Not sure if we could do this speech each week though!

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Scrum half passing drills by David Clarke
February 23, 2010, 1:35 pm
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Skills | Tags: , , ,

Here are simple to use scrum half passing drills from Jamie Hamilton an Englishman working for the Crusaders in New Zealand.

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Indivduals are more important than teams in rugby by David Clarke
February 15, 2010, 9:12 am
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Team Management | Tags: , , ,

Brian Ashton former England and Ireland coach makes the case that the emphasis on playing for the team is perhaps misguided. It needs to be looked at in the context of the whole game.

From an article in the Independent.

February 13, 2010
Brian Ashton: Individuals make the best team players
Tackling The Issues
“There is no ‘I’ in ‘teams’.” Most of us who have been involved in coaching or management for any length of time are familiar with this well-worn phrase, which, given the frequency with which it is heard, might more accurately be called a mantra.

Like many snippets of home-spun sporting philosophy, it attempts to capture the essence of a basic truth: in this case, that the significance of the individual in a team game is as nothing compared to the importance of the collective. And like many of these one-liners, it misses the point.

Just ask Warren Gatland about the influence of individuals, their thought processes and their decision-making. I’d be very interested to know the Wales coach’s private view on Alun Wyn Jones and his visit to the sin bin during last week’s Six Nations scrap with England (although I can probably work it out for myself). And what about the interception pass thrown by Stephen Jones towards the end of the match? If these individual contributions were not absolutely central to the outcome of the contest, I was watching a different game to everyone else.

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Gary Gold analyses Heinrich Brüssow by David Clarke

Here is an excellent analysis of the way that South African flanker Heinrich Brussow wins the tackle area, often making the other side concede penalties. Gary Gold, the South African assistant coach gives us his expert view.

We featured Gary in two issues of the International Rugby Technical Journal.

It comes from a clip from the, which has some great resources and some of the best video training clips on the web at the moment.

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How to tackle (and how not to tackle) by David Clarke

Here are some tackles and hits from the first weekend of the Six Nations.

Most interesting for me is the head position. The head should LEAD the tackle, because where it ends up pretty much determines the momentum of the body. I don’t mean the head “makes” the impact, but leads the rest of the body to the point of contact.

To get the head in the most powerful position, the feet should be close to the ball carrier and the eyes open.

Watch these tackles to see where it works and what can happen if it is mistimed!

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Real time rugby scanning by David Clarke
February 10, 2010, 9:42 am
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Skills, Rugby Training | Tags: , ,

This is an interesting innovation. A camera on the head of the player to see what he sees.

Would like to test this out in decision making drills.

The latest International Rugby Technical Journal has a piece from on providing more effective feedback to the players. Perhaps we could use this technology.

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New Zealand scrum tips by David Clarke
February 3, 2010, 9:10 am
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Skills | Tags: , ,

Here is a video featuring Mike Cron, the All Black scrum guru, on scrummaging techniques. It comes from Rugby Smart the New Zealand union’s coaching toolbox.

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