My bible of coaching skills and how to interact with Gen Z players

Dan chats with Dragon Academy director Dai Rees about his coaching experiences over a long career, including regional coach of the Dragons, spells coaching Wales Sevens and Wales U21 , leading Hong Kong UK Rugby and High Performance Development, as well as working within the WRU High Performance Platform and most recently as Head of Rugby at Seaford College.

He just launched Red Road Coaching Partnership, and we talk about how mental skills and competition readiness are so vital in the modern age.

Topics include:

  • Making coaching relevant for Gen Z gamers
  • What he would include in his skills bible
  • What a training session to get more players would look like
  • What are its principles of play
  • How his coaching fits into the learning cycle
  • And lots of practical ways to evaluate your coaching and make more of a difference with your players

To learn more about the Red Road Coaching partnership, click here

About Dan Cottrell

Dan is a Level 3 RFU Coach and Coach Educator. He is a coach with the Bristol Bears DPP programme, is the assistant coach of the University of Bristol women’s team and is a mentor coach for the mini and junior section of Broad Plain RFC. He was head coach of Swansea U15 schools and previously held coaching positions at Young Ospreys Academy and assistant coach of the Wales women’s team for the 2010 World Cup. rugby at Cranleigh School, Surrey. Previously he played rugby for Bath and Bristol.


What changed so I stayed in love with coaching

in Rugby Coach Weekly with Dan Cottrell

Dan talks to Paul Gustard, now defense coach at Benetton, former England defense coach, Harlequins head coach and Saracens manager. Paul, who won two England caps and represented Barbarians, has also played for Leicester Tigers, London Irish and Saracens. They reflect on Paul’s trip to Italy and how invigorated he feels. CONTINUED

Mentoring my sons as coaches and players

in Rugby Coach Weekly with Dan Cottrell

Dan Cottrell chats with Mike Ford. Mike has coached at the top of the professional game for over twenty years, with stints at English and Irish rugby, Saracens, as head coach at Bath, as well as coaching with the British and Irish Lions and RC Toulon. He also runs his own performance consultancy, which you can read more about on his LinkedIn profile here. I really appreciated Mike’s clarity, especially on how he had to convince players and stakeholders of their approach in Bath. CONTINUED

Rugby coach education from the 1990s is absolutely relevant today

in Rugby Coach Weekly with Dan Cottrell

Dan meets one of rugby’s most experienced coaches and coach trainers, Pete Drewett. Having worked with England Rugby since the early 90s, as well as an international age-level (U21) coach, Pete has continued to help prepare Exeter Chiefs for their rise to the top league. With stints in high performance with Hong Kong and Georgia, as well as working at the WRU, he is now a World Rugby High Performance consultant developing Kenyan rugby and their ambitions to play in the next World Cup. CONTINUED

England defense coach talks big rocks, small games and…

in Rugby Coach Weekly with Dan Cottrell

Dan catches up with new England defense coach, former Australian rugby league player and top RL manager Anthony Seibold. Now taking a short break at home after helping England in their unbeaten autumn campaign, Anthony chats with Dan about the following: how Eddie Jones wanted Anthony to look at the England defense and other teams. How to beat a blitz defense. Using “big rocks” as a training base. How to break down a good kick-hunting team, like the Springboks. Use short-sided games in practice. An example of a chase game you can use. When to work on technical skills in a busy training week. What to observe in training to make a difference. Using elements of Doug Lemov’s advice on session design. The analogy of 10 tennis balls and how it can help create clarity in your team. How to be curious and how to make it work for you. CONTINUED

My journey from the Otago U10s to attacking the Melbourne Rebels…

in Rugby Coach Weekly with Dan Cottrell

Dan Cottrell talks to Ryan Martin about his journey as an attacking coach with Super Rugby side Melbourne Rebels. Ryan started out with the Otago U10s, progressing through professional play, including coaching with the New England Freejacks in the American Pro League.

Shane Pill: Games to train and learn, methods…

in Rugby Coach Weekly with Dan Cottrell

Dan Cottrell meets one of the main researchers on the use of games in training, Shane Pill. Shane is an Associate Professor of Physical Education and Sport at Flinders University, Australia, Coach Practitioner, Coach Developer and author of numerous articles on sports coaching. A list of some of his most recent work can be found below this article. CONTINUED