Weekly Coaching Update

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This week: As Japan plays host to the biggest show in rugby on the planet, we take a look at the coaching styles of each coach! Read more →

Coaching Dominant Tackling

To be a dominant tackler you need to practice the core skills regularly, here’s how!

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Last week: World cup teams will be hammering down on fitness in preparation for September. Here’s how we think you could learn from their approach! Read more →

Keeping The Ball Alive! 

Here’s an excellent exercise to practice and develop your support play.

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Middlesex Coaching Workshop

Aviva Premiership coach Toby Booth explains how to prepare a team for the Rugby World Cup

When:  Monday 21st October

Time:  19.00 – 21.00 hrs

Where: London Irish
Hazelwood Drive
Sunbury, Middx TW16 6QU

This indoor workshop will be relevant to all Level 2 & Level 3 coaches, and will also be beneficial for those working beyond those levels.

Toby Booth is an English rugby union coach, most recently a first-team coach at Bath Rugby in the Aviva Premiership.
He started out as a qualified electrician before attending St. Mary’s University College, Strawberry Hill (1994–97), where he studied Sports Science. He later worked as a lecturer there whilst completing his MSc.

Toby joined London Irish in 2002 as assistant academy manager helping to recruit the first players for the academy – many of whom have graduated to the Exiles’ & Bath’s first teams. He was appointed head coach at Irish in 2008 and reached the final of the Guinness Premiership in his first season in charge.

In May 2012 Booth joined Bath to work under new head coach Gary Gold and coached the 1st team to a Premiership final in 2015. He has also developed a large number of current international players who are participating in the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

To attend the course, or for further information, please contact the Middlesex Coaching Association Secretary:  camilla.hulf@gmail.com

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Team Middlesex seeks age grade coaches

Team Middlesex is looking to recruit age grade coaches for the representative arm of Middlesex Rugby, comprising youth teams from U14 to U18 and girls teams at U15 and U18.

REPORTS TO: Chair of Playing & Player Development Team Middlesex. 

KEY RELATIONSHIPS: CB Coaches & Medical Support. 

NATURE & SCOPE OF JOB: The post-holders will be responsible for planning & coaching a County squad whilst providing a positive and aspirational playing environment. 


• Ensure the CB’s objectives are achieved by creating an aspirational & supportive playing environment. 

• Ensure players receive the highest quality coaching & feedback. 

• Work in conjunction with the Team Manager to select the best players from Middlesex schools & clubs. 

• Evaluate all coaching sessions and games with the CB squad delivery team. 

• Attend delivery team meetings. 

• Participate in an annual review of performance and commit to a programme of personal development 

• Ensure the coaching and playing squad present themselves as ambassadors for Middlesex Rugby and act within the Core Values of the sport. 


• Hold a minimum of an RFU / UKCC Level 2 Coaching Qualification or its recognised equivalent. 

• Demonstrate a track record of personal coach development. 

• Articulates and delivers a clear playing and coaching philosophy that is in accordance with the objectives of the programme. 

• A Player Centred approach to coaching. 

• Create an environment balancing player development with team performance. 

• Sets high standards of accountability, reliability and personal responsibility. 

• A commitment to attend all fixtures and training sessions. 


• Access to the Team Middlesex Coach Education Programme, RFU CDP’s & online coaching resources. 

• Appropriate travel expenses. 

• Team Middlesex apparel. 

• Individual mentoring programme. 

Please submit a brief curriculum vitae and covering letter to Stephen Atkinson, Chair of Playing & Player Development Team Middlesex. E: team.middlesex.rugby@gmail.com 

H&F seek ladies assistant coach

Hammersmith & Fulham RFC wish to recruit an Assistant Coach for their Ladies squads to help deliver the team’s objective of securing promotion to Championship South whilst supporting the 2nd XV in Challenge Series South East South

For further information please visit the club website: https://www.fulhamrugby.co.uk/hammers-ladies-seek-new-assistant-coach/

or contact Ladies Director of Rugby, Sophie Tauchert by email: hfrfcladiesdirector@gmail.com

Anybody interested in the position should apply by 31st August.

Thamesians seek new head coach

Thamesians RFC is seeking applications for the position of Head Coach for Men’s Rugby. This is a part time, Season long position, reporting to the Club Committee.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • To plan, prepare and lead the coaching plan for the senior squad.
  • Ensure that all sessions are designed to develop the skills and understanding of the players in your squad.
  • It is expected that the Coach will have the required level of knowledge to fulfil the role (Level 2 Coaching qualification is desirable).
  • Attend and evaluate all coaching sessions and matches involved with the Clubs senior squad providing feedback to committee where appropriate.
  • Build team spirit and encourage participation, develop individual’s skills, confidence and fitness. Promote fair play, team standards and codes of conduct


  • Rate of pay is negotiable upon completion of a successful trial session.


Chiswick seek new Assistant Coach

Chiswick RFC is looking for an assistant coach for the 2019/20 season. This is an opportunity to develop within an experienced coaching set up, working with 3rd and 4th team players on skills development. Chiswick Rugby is committed to helping all our players become as good as they can be. Would suit someone who has recently achieved level 2 or working towards it – so long as you have plenty of enthusiasm! Expenses covered.

Email players@chiswickrugby.co.uk or call Head Coach Andy Barrington 07950 257802.

2019 Coaching Awards

Hardworking coaches and referees throughout Middlesex received awards for their efforts at the The Middlesex Coaching Association presentations which took place at London Welsh RFC on Friday 26th April 2019.

Awards were presented by former England coach Rory Teague, in-coming Middlesex Chairman Eddie Keal and RFU Women & Girls Councillor Louise Latter to coaches from across the county for their outstanding contributions in all sectors of the game.


Two special recognition awards were also made, one to Marc Fusil (above left) for his outstanding refereeing at the young age of 16 and obvious potential to join the elite refereeing panel, and the other to Luke Green (above right) – a young player who earned six caps for the England U18s, having come through each of the Team Middlesex representative age grade sides.

Prior to the presentations, Rory Teague presented his expert take on how different cultures and leadership will have a major effect on how various nations will fare in their quest for the World Cup in Japan 2019. Factors including environment, refereeing, squad preparation, captaincy, coaching and leadership all play a major part, as well as how people from different walks of life see the challenges building up to the competition phase of the World Cup Pools to the final. An interactive session led to a fascinating debate amongst the coaches in attendance.

A record of 58 nominations were submitted and the final selection was agreed by the Middlesex Coaching Association committee. The standard of all the nominations was excellent, and those not selected received an RFU Volunteer certificate signed by RFU President Chris Kelly. During the break between Rory’s session and the presentations, hosts London Welsh put on an excellent buffet and refreshments.

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2018-2019 Coach Mentoring Programme

Applications are now invited to join this season’s Coach Mentoring Programme, run in partnership with Coach & Mentoring Solutions and led by Bob Lawless & Tony Robinson.

The programme is suitable for candidates who are ready to apply for the RFU Level III course in 2018 as well as those who feel they have the potential to apply in 2019 but need a little longer on this journey.

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