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Get Involved In Coaching

In the last decades, complex responsibilities which extend beyond the classic role of the person who has to physically train his players for the next match were attributed to the rugby coach. The coach must pay attention not only to his work with the rugby players but also to his role in the entire rugby club. He must be aware that his attributions overreach the boundaries of the relationship with the players and enter the sphere of club management. The coach has become a manager who has to make decisions regarding investments in people and facilities and who has to maintain a good relationship with the mass media, the stakeholders, and the business partners. The coach has to coordinate the activity of his players and colleagues in the rugby club, as well as the relationships with the partners and the fans of the club. The modern coach is, thus, a person with multidimensional roles.

Historically teams will have a Forwards Coach and a Backs Coach who will cover off on the set pieces for each unit both on attack and defense with the Head Coach of the two responsible for coming up with the game plan concepts and generally coaching the necessary techniques and patterns so that the continuity of the game is formulated. It’s all pretty simple and has worked well for many years.

With professional rugby now throwing up a large number of personnel in a coaching team the roles are often very definitive with the Head Coach obviously being responsible for tying all the pieces together.

The Coach has a key role in developing the whole person by ensuring that playing rugby at Norths is an enjoyable and rewarding experience for the player. He will take every opportunity to talk to and listen to the players when balancing the needs of the individual and the team. The Coach must never lose sight of the importance of his leadership in establishing and achieving the team goals.


The objectives of our coaches are:

  1. To understand the NRFF mission statement and demonstrate these values in the way they conduct themselves and coach their team.
  2. Show an interest in the development of players by regularly watch the grade below and\or Colts teams.
  3. To maintain and build the team and therefore club player base by recruiting suitable players from outside the club for their team.
  4. To ensure that all NRFF players who have registered have the opportunity to play a game.
  5. To provide regular feedback to players, especially when a player has been dropped to a lower grade.
  6. To take responsibility for their own education and qualifications, by ensuring that their Smart Rugby profile is up to date and commencing study towards either a level 1 or 2 coaching qualification.

The Coach is responsible for:

  1. Structured and planned training sessions.
  2. Preparation of the players for playing rugby.
  3. Development and structure of the team game plan.
  4. Communicating the game plan to the players.
  5. Developing each player’s potential.
  6. Encouraging excellence in execution.
  7. Providing positive feedback and post-game analysis to the players.
  8. Player recruitment and retention.
  9. Adherence to player selection guidelines.
  10. Communication with players when moved between teams. (both up and down)
  11. Building and maintaining team morale.


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