Rama Chand: It Was Tunnel Vision Towards Championships
Rugby Wisdom
by Craig Wilson (The Contact Coach)
10h ago
Ever wondered how a nation forges its way from the ranks of tier-two rugby to the pinnacle of tier-one? That's exactly what we're unpacking with Rama Chand, the Georgian Rugby Union's Director of Rugby Development. Through an enlightening dialogue, we reflect on his international journey and dissect the strategic endeavors propelling Georgian rugby forward. Rama Chand sheds light on the pivotal role played by the Black Lion franchise team in cultivating local talent and the broader implications of bolstering a strong rugby ecosystem through dedicated coach and referee development. Straddling ..read more
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Richie Williams: We Were Not Aligned In Our Thinking
Rugby Wisdom
by Craig Wilson (The Contact Coach)
1w ago
In this episode, I am joined by Richie Williams, Director of Rugby at Cambridge Rugby Club in England. Richie has coached across Europe and shares great wisdom from the lessons that he has learned.  As we unpack the complexities of leading a club like Cambridge Rugby, Richie imparts the lessons carved from both sweet victories and the sting of defeat. He shares a refreshing perspective on collaboration and communication, and how these pillars of teamwork are instrumental in navigating the delicate balance between asserting authority and encouraging player-driven initiatives. It's a behin ..read more
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Chris Brown: A Big Regret Was Not Selecting Her For The Olympics
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by Craig Wilson (The Contact Coach)
2w ago
Discover the transformative journey of Chris Brown, a coach whose expertise has spanned continents. In a revealing look behind the scenes, Chris recounts his path from a strength and conditioning coach to taking the helm of the USA Women's Sevens team. His stories are a trove of lessons on leadership and wisdom gleaned from international locker rooms. Whether you're a sports enthusiast or simply fascinated by the art of coaching, Chris's experiences are bound to enlighten and entertain. What does it take to manage a team through the rollercoaster of elite competition? Chris lays bare the intr ..read more
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Riki Tahere: I Said to The Boys, I Let You Down There
Rugby Wisdom
by Craig Wilson (The Contact Coach)
3w ago
Unlock the secrets to transformative coaching with Riki Tahere, who charts a course from the culinary arts to spearheading rugby talent growth at Canterbury Rugby Union. Our discussion reveals the surprising parallels between a chef's precision and a rugby coach’s strategic acumen. We share a feast of ideas, from the importance of creating a memorable player experience to the evolution of coaching styles that now favor collaboration and empowerment over rigid direction. This episode navigates the challenges and nuances of coaching, with reflections on transitions, accountability, and the cont ..read more
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Ricky Tahere: I said to the boys, I let you down there
Rugby Wisdom
by Craig Wilson (The Contact Coach)
3w ago
Unlock the secrets to transformative coaching with Ricky Tahere, who charts an extraordinary course from the culinary arts to spearheading rugby talent growth at Canterbury Rugby Union. Our enthralling discussion reveals the surprising parallels between a chef's precision and a rugby coach’s strategic acumen. We share a feast of ideas, from the importance of creating a memorable player experience to the evolution of coaching styles that now favor collaboration and empowerment over rigid direction. This episode navigates the challenges and nuances of coaching, with reflections on transitions ..read more
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#5: Steve Lewis, Two-Time USA Rugby Coach of the Year
Rugby Wisdom
by Craig Wilson, The Contact Coach
3w ago
Can you share some valuable lessons you learned from these experiences? Key theme- connection Steve has an incredible coaching journey and has been involved at all levels of the game. He is a two-time USA Rugby Coach of the Year and holds a level 400 coaching qualification. Steve has won a National Championship and is currently working with the Jamaican National Sevens teams and Army West Point Women. Steve is also the Director of Rugby Operations for New York's professional team in Major League Rugby.   ..read more
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Chris Davies: It Would Be Easy To Just Down Tools
Rugby Wisdom
by Craig Wilson (The Contact Coach)
1M ago
Chris is a highly experienced coach and has done it all from grassroots through to coaching the Fijian National 7s team. His latest role is coaching is with the Poland national team in their quest to climb the world rankings. I’ve had the great pleasure of working alongside Chris at the Hong Kong Rugby Union. He was always great company and I valued being able to reconnect with him and share some good memories whilst also diving into areas that helped shape Chris into the excellent coach that he is.  The most striking thing about Chris is his humility yet steelyness to navigate some tough ..read more
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Riaan Van Straten: Fail Smart and Fail Fast
Rugby Wisdom
by Craig Wilson (The Contact Coach)
1M ago
Riaan Van Straten was a great guest for the first-ever When Coaching Goes Wrong podcast. Riaan discusses how failure has helped shape his coaching and the tools that he uses to turn failures into a positive.  Riaan played professionally and has been working in coaching and rugby development for the past 21 years. His philosophy is to not only create great rugby players but also to create successful young people who can make a difference in the world. Rugby is not just a game, it's a way of life for him. Riaan has coached at all levels of the game including high school in South Africa, C ..read more
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#5: Steve Lewis, Jamaica 7s Head Coach & Two-Time USA Rugby Coach of the Year
Rugby Wisdom
by Craig Wilson, The Contact Coach
2y ago
Can you share some valuable lessons you learned from these experiences? Key theme- connection Steve has an incredible coaching journey and has been involved at all levels of the game. He is a two-time USA Rugby Coach of the Year and holds a level 400 coaching qualification. Steve has won a National Championship and is currently working with the Jamaican National Sevens teams and Army West Point Women. Steve is also the Director of Rugby Operations for New York's professional team in Major League Rugby.   ..read more
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#26 Luke Lewis: "Success is built upon a pile of failures"
Rugby Wisdom
by Craig Wilson (The Contact Coach)
2y ago
Luke is a Welsh coach who is now living in America and has a wealth of experience in both rugby and S&C coaching. Luke began his rugby coaching career after gaining his BSc in Exercise Science and eventually coached for the WRU.  Following this, he changed his focus and moved to America to achieve a master's degree in Strength and conditioning, where he has since coached elite level athletes in multiple sports such as the UFC’s Dustin Poitier. Luke has recently returned to coaching rugby while utilizing his S&C background in prestigious American colleges like Penn State Universit ..read more
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