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Welcome to the Rugby Coach's Corner Podcast - Sharing ideas to make the game better! #TRCCP is a fortnightly podcast where we discuss rugby coaching concepts with a variety of people involved in the game at all levels. Follow via Twitter @RugbyCoachsCnr and like on Facebook Check out the website via

Welcome to the Rugby Coach's Corner Podcast - Sharing ideas to make the game better! #TRCCP is a fortnightly podcast where we discuss rugby coaching concepts with a variety of people involved in the game at all levels. Follow via Twitter @RugbyCoachsCnr and like on Facebook Check out the website via
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Welcome to the Rugby Coach's Corner Podcast - Sharing ideas to make the game better! #TRCCP is a fortnightly podcast where we discuss rugby coaching concepts with a variety of people involved in the game at all levels. Follow via Twitter @RugbyCoachsCnr and like on Facebook Check out the website via




Charlie Morgan, Ep 65, The 2018 End of Year Tours

Charlie Morgan is a rugby reporter at Telegraph Media Group Limited in the UK and has been in that role for almost 2 years. Before that, he was a freelance writer and was also an assistant editor for the RFU for 4 years. In this episode, we discuss some of the playing trends that he has observed during the 2018 end of year tours and how they will move into the 6 Nations and RWC 2019. Twitter: @CharlieFelix


Francois Ratier, Ep 64, Pierre Villepreux and Coaching Canadian National Teams

Francois Ratier is the Technical Director for Rugby Quebec in Canada. Born and raised in France, he played in the French Championship for SC Angouleme where he also coached their under 20s team. Shortly after, he relocated to Canada and has had various coaching roles in club, university, provincial elite, regional elite, and age-grade national. His most recent roles have been with the Canadian national women’s team as head coach for 2 World Cups and the Canadian national men’s team as...


Daniel Ritchie, Ep 63, Coaching at Brisbane State High School

Daniel Ritchie is the Director of Rugby at Brisbane State High School in Queensland, Australia. He spent his playing days at Norths Rugby Club in Brisbane as well as a few years at Falkirk Rugby Club in Scotland and a 1 year stint as a player/coach for Meraloma Rugby Club in Vancouver, Canada. Along with his coaching and teaching duties at BSHS, he was manager of the Brisbane City U19 team that won the inaugural 2018 URC National U19 carnival. Twitter: @RitchieDan9


Chris Silverthorn, Ep 62, Coaching the Ontario Arrows and Ontario Blues

Chris Silverthorn is the head coach of the Ontario Blues in Canada and has held that position for 8 years. He is also the head coach for one of Major League Rugby’s potential newest franchises, the Ontario Arrows. Along with these roles, he has been involved with the Canadian senior men, Canada A, Canada U17 and U19, as well as some age-grade representative coaching with Ontario.


Dan Cottrell, Ep 61, 25 Years of Coaching & Rugby Coach Weekly

Dan Cottrell is the Editor of Rugby Coach Weekly and comes with 25 years of coaching experience. Originally a teacher, he took on the Rugby Coach Weekly role full time in 2005 and now mixes it with coach education, tutoring, and coaching. He has had roles with age-grade rugby in Surrey and the Ospreys region, along with an assistant coach role with the Welsh Women. Twitter: @Dan_Cottrell Website:


Nick Leah, Ep 60, Brumbies Academy and Ignite Rugby

Nick Leah was formerly in charge of the Brumbies Academy for a number of years and has held numerous development roles with the organisation since 2011. Outside of the Brumbies, he’s had coaching roles with the Kubota Spears in Japan, the Melbourne Rebels, and University of Queensland among others. Nick holds a Bachelor of Coaching Science from the University of Canberra and is now the General Manager of Ignite Rugby, along with Mick Byrne and Rod Kafer. Email:


Dan van Zyl, Ep 59, Leinster Development and the Rugby Academy Ireland

Dan van Zyl played for the Springboks between 1997 and 2000, captaining the midweek side on various occasions. He also played both professional Rugby and Cricket in SA and UK. Dan moved to Ireland 16 years ago to start a career in coaching and worked at Leinster for 11 years in Coach and Player Development. He’s coached Leinster u18, 19s and Women's teams, Irish Youths and Irish Universities, and is a World Rugby Coach Educator. He’s recently started up a business called Rugby Academy...


Matthew Taylor, Ep 58, Coaching Defence for Scotland, Glasgow, and The Reds

Matthew Taylor is the defence coach for Scotland. He is a 46 year old father of two, former flanker who played in Australia and Scotland with clubs such as Souths, Sunnybank, Edinburgh and Borders. He started coaching at Exeter Chiefs in 2005 then went home to coach in Australia at Sunnybank Rugby Club and The Southport School. This led to working with the QLD REDS and following 2013, Matt returned to Scotland to coach with the Glasgow Warriors and the Scotland National team.


Richard Shuttleworth, Ep 57, Skill Acquisition & Dynamical Systems Theory

Richard Shuttleworth has over 20 years coach education and support experience in elite level sport, focusing on skill acquisition. He has worked at the Australian Institute of Sport with Olympic level coaches, various national sporting organisations, Super Rugby franchises, the NRL, Football Federation Australia and Australian Rules clubs. He was the Professional Coach Development Manager for the RFU for 4 years before moving into his latest role as a High Performance Coach Development...


Rameses Langston, Ep 56, How to Turn Around a Programme

Rameses Langston is based in Vancouver, Canada, and is the head coach of the University of British Columbia men’s rugby team. His home club is Capilano RFC, and he has had coaching roles in schools, junior age-grade, and senior club. He’s a father of 3, a teacher and an Athletic Director.


Barry Maddocks, Ep 55, The Role of the Skills Coach

Barry Maddocks is the Skills Coach at the Welsh Pro 14 club, the Dragons and I recently met him there on a professional development trip. Previously Barry worked at Bath, where he was responsible for the management of senior academy players as they transitioned into the senior squad, as well as supporting senior coaches with technical and tactical delivery. He was also the former head coach for the England Women’s 7s team. Twitter: @barrymad


Ross Munro Williams, Ep 54, Becoming an 'Enlightened' Coach and Coaching in South Africa

Ross Munro Williams is from South Africa and started coaching rugby at age 19. He has been involved with every age group, from U7s at school to adult Super League A, club, and Varsity Cup U20s. He owns 2 businesses, is currently the U21 coach at the University of Cape Town and runs a coaching blog titled Ross Rugby. Twitter: @RossRugby Blog article mentioned in the show:


Will Precious, Ep 53, The Role of the Video Analyst

Will Precious is the head video analyst at the Welsh Pro 14 team the Dragons who I met during a recent professional development trip. After completing a Sports Science degree from Brunel University in London, Will went on to work as an analyst with the Ospreys in the first season of regional rugby. From there, here worked with the Welsh U21 and then U20 sides before taking on the Dragons role.


Nate Osborne of NOLA Gold and David Williams of Glendale Raptors, Ep 52, MLR Series Part 2

Nate Osborne originally hails from Queanbeyan in Australia where he played a lot of his rugby in Canberra as part of the Brumby Runners. After moving to the US, he’s had coaching roles with Metropolis RFC in Minnesota, the USA Eagles as backs coach for the 2015 RWC, and was recently named as the head coach for NOLA Gold, based out of New Orleans. David Williams is the head coach of the Glendale Raptors. Originally from England, he played for both the USA Eagles 7s and 15s teams. Between 2006...


Mark Bennett MBE, Ep 51, Impacting Coach & Athlete Behaviours to Maximise Performance

Mark Bennett is a British Commando and has been involved in coach development since the early 90’s. His business, Performance Development Systems (PDS), began out of his work in “training the trainer” courses for the military. From this experience, Mark left the military to focus on his business full time. Mark believes in a practitioner-based approach to maximise real-world performance and PDS has worked with England Rugby, Bath Rugby, Warrington Wolves RL, NBA teams, the British Military,...


Curry Hitchborn/Tony Healy, Ep 50, MLR Series Part 1, Seattle Seawolves

This episode will be the first of a series on coaches involved in the new Major League Rugby (MLR) competition starting up in the US for 2018. Curry Hitchborn is no stranger to the podcast, as he was guest number 10 of #TRCCP and is the first to rejoin the show. He was recently announced as the new Director of Rugby Development at the Seattle Seawolves. Twitter: @CurryHitchborn Tony Healy is a former Canadian national player, receiving 15 caps in the late 90’s. Professionally, he played for...


Dr Nick Winkelman, Ep 49, Attentional Focus and Cueing in Coaching Motor Skills

Dr Nick Winkelman has been the Head of Athletic Performance and Science at the IRFU since April, 2016. Before that he held various roles at EXOS in the United States. Initially, he completed his Bachelors in Exercise and Sports Science at Oregan State and then undertook a Masters in Strength and Conditioning at Edith Cowan University and a Doctorate at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. He is certified through the NSCA, the USA Weightlifting Association and the USA Track and...


Simon Thomas, Ep 48, BNZ Crusaders Performance Coach

Simon Thomas is the Head of Physical Performance at the BNZ Crusaders in Super Rugby and has been a full time S&C coach in rugby for ten years. He’s had involvements with the Tasman Makos, Canterbury Academies, NPC teams and two U20 World Rugby Championships with New Zealand. He began his career as a volunteer with the Crusaders in 2005 and now heads up the physical performance programme, consults across various rugby teams, sporting organisations and business. Twitter: @stsandc


Will Webster, Ep 47, Coaching Kenya 7s

Will Webster is the assistant coach for the Kenya men's 7s team on the HSBC world series and just finished his 1st year with the group. Will went to Kenya in 2014 as Director of Sport at Kenton College Preparatory School, coached several clubs in Kenya's top-flight league as a skills coach, defence coach, and then as a head coach. His playing career involved stints at U.S. Oyonnax in France, the Western Province Institute of Rugby, and he was also a member of the Exeter Chiefs Academy....


David Wessels, Ep 46, Coaching the Western Force

David Wessels is the Head Coach of the Western Force, who finished 2nd in the Australian Conference of this year’s Super Rugby competition. He started coaching Under 9’s as soon as he left school and worked his way up for there. He won the Varsity Cup in South Africa with the University of Cape Town, coached with Jake White in his first year at the Brumbies, and then joined the Western Force in 2013 as a defence coach, before being promoted to senior assistant coach and then head coach for...