Posts by: Nico de Villiers

Stephan du Toit needs no introduction to the rugby S&C community. But for those who don’t know him, he is the longest standing S&C coach in South African Super rugby with almost a decade of experience of training some of this country elite rugby players competing at the highest levels. I have known Steph for several...

This is the second post from this summit. In part two are some of the notes from Al Vermeil’s presentation. I must admit that this was the first time I have ever heard of Al, but since the summit, I have started reading more about coach Vermeil’s approach and some of his excellent material out there for team...

2017 has definitely been a great year for me. I had the privilege of working with the first ever SA Rugby Academy in developing upcoming players, then I moved to the Stormers franchise in the middle of their Super Rugby campaign. I have also briefly worked with the SA u/18 & u/20 women’s team, be part of the champion...

The world speed summit is an online summit in the quest to advance coaches and trainers in the physiology, skill and psychology of what it takes to train word class sprinters and team sports athletes that are depended on running speed for their success. For four consecutive days, hand-picked team of world-class speed...

Although not seen as the most glamorise position in rugby. The props definitely don’t get the recognitions they deserve on the rugby field or as athletes in general. Although the front row seldom entertains the crowd with flashy skills, it is by far one of the most demanding playing positions there is in all team...

In a previous article (How to use Maximal Aerobic Speed for Rugby Players) I discussed the basics of maximal aerobic speed and how to calculate it and what it is used for. In this article I will have a look at some protocols I have used over the year and which ones, I like and why. Jones Protocol: This approach I...

There are many ways to improve the fitness of a rugby player. Depending on the position you play and the energy system you want to develop, you have endless options to get your players ready for the season. Some of the most popular methods used vary, from Tempo running, MAS running, High-intensity training, Off-feet...

In the previous article on this topic (Recovery strategies part 1), we had a look at the possible effect that recovery methods could have on adaptation during the preparation phase of your season. In this article, I’ll explore a bit more what I think should be done during the competition phase of the year. For me, the...

In recent years the term recovery has been the buzz word in the conditioning world with a lot of research done on various methods and protocols to help athletes recover. Recovery has been used in the context of adaptation from training stimulus or tapering for match day or rejuvenating after a game. It is a very broad...

Methods & Systems In part one of these articles, I discussed briefly what auto-regulation is, where it come from and the basic use of it in your athletes. Further we looked at what the training window of opportunity is as well as pushing your athletes a bit harder when they are in an optimal state in order to get the...