The topic of core training has been discussed in many articles, blogs, books, webinars etc. The goal of this article is not to revisit what the smart people are saying about the core, but rather introduce a simple way into your rugby training program. First of all, let’s define between core strength & stability: Core...

If you have been following some of my articles you should know that I’m a fan of using plyometrics and jumps in my programming for rugby players.  You can read a bit more about some of my previous work here and in Part 1 of this series. In my previous article, I discussed some of the work of Lachlan Wilmot and the...

As a young trainer, one of the most confusing exercises to accurately prescribe and to progress was jumping and plyometrics. The options were endless. There was box jumps, broad jumps, bounding, lunge jumps, drop jumps, depth jumps, hops, skipping, loaded jumps, squat jumps, tuck jumps, rebound jumps and the list goes...

Recently I was contacted to take part in an old boys rugby game between Paul Roos and our old rivals from Bloemfontein, Grey College. I have not played rugby for 13 years and was very sceptical to take part in this event. I have heard way too many stories of ex-players getting badly injured in these games and even...

It’s a new year and with it always comes new ideas and plans we can use to improve our players. One of them for me is how to incorporate more focused circuit training with my players. Circuit training has become a very popular method of training over the last 10 year or so. With the popularity of Crossfit increasing,...