Conditioning

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,...

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...