This page contains links to coaching material I have used in my work with teams and coaches.
Do you have this too? Somehow my pile of books to read never seems to get smaller…. I would like to share my favourite books with you.
Gordon Tietjens Legacy
I was very fortunate to see Gordon and his team at work when they prepared for the Common Wealth Games of Glasgow in the Netherlands. It was sad to see how the NZRFU let him down and prioritised the XV’s program over the Rio 2016 Olympics. Great to follow him working with Samoa. He has his great story told here:
Ben Ryan Sevens Heaven
Ben Ryan was in rugby heaven but remember that it started as hell. He had no pay and the whole set-up was in a mess. How to turn that around? He reconnected the team with the reason they play rugby: re-invented that Fiji style. Great story, how do you connect with your team? For me as National Under 18 coach it was not by becoming their “mate” but by being a challenging coach and truly listen to the points the players brought forward.
Have a look on my “Sevens is a lovely game” page with a fun link to a video clip where Ben Ryan tells how to let Fijian’s room free.
Speed, Agility and Quickness for Rugby
Yes, big fan of this stuff, when you follow the manual you really cannot go wrong. I took the online i-Diploma course and understand more, but pick an exercise for 10mins each session and your team will improve.
You can read more about my SAQ work at my teams here. And, I had the fantastic opportunity to step out of the rugby zone for a while and work with hockey girls on their speed. All my preconceptions on hockey girls were wrong, tough girls who love hard work (we had lots of fun too). Read more on this adventure in this post. If you want to get that hockey book, please consider buying this through my link and help to me keep this site running.
Phil Jackson his book Sacred Hoops
Buy Phil Jackson’s book Sacred Hoops to read more about his gameplan approach and more. I blog about the Triangle Offense in this post. I also like his story how he went out to “fetch” rebel star Dennis Rodman.
The Jersey: The All Blacks
This is about “The Secrets Behind the World’s Most Successful Team”. When the New Zealand National XV was not successful in the RWC 2003 it triggered a big change in how the team wanted to play and what team culture to create: “Better people make better Blacks”. It is a mix of rugby, history, Maori culture with the Haka and new vision on how to play. With the success there was also a bit of marketing but there you go.
Maverick: Eddie Jones
Turns out my rugby friend Desmond Tuiavii is texting with Eddie Jones! Finally he had time to come over and I had the opportunity to meet and talk with him. What a great story about Japan beating South Africa, now we need a new edition to the book to cover RWC2019.
God Save the King
That was strange: hearing French rugby supporters sing the English National Anthem in Stade France. It was Jonny’s last rugby match ever, Toulon won the title and the French showed their love for this rugby legend. I was lucky to be there, took the match poster after the way back from the windows of the St. Dennis HyperMarche!
I was in Toulon earlier watching him practising his goalkicking and made some super slo-mows. Last year he signed my Toulon t-shirt with “Love Rugby, Love Life!”.