Scottish Rugby supports Tier 2 nation coach development

Scottish Rugby is continuing its commitment to developing rugby in Europe as Scottish coach development staff lead workshops on the continent.

As part of World Rugby/Rugby Europe’s Training & Education Support (TES) scheme, Scottish Rugby coach development officers, Andrew Douglas and Gordon Lyon, will lead sessions in Belgium this April.

TES focuses on supporting developing rugby nations through shared expertise from governing bodies in more established rugby-playing countriesin coordination with Rugby Europe’s Training and Development strategy.

Sweden and the Czech Republic will also receive support from Scottish Rugby in 2018 as part of the scheme.

Neil Graham, Scottish Rugby’s Head of Training & Education (Domestic Rugby), said: “The TES scheme is an excellent way for Scottish Rugby to support the developing rugby nations throughout Europe, and provides our staff with new and exciting opportunities.

By sharing our knowledge and experience with coaches in other countries, our staff develop their own skills and challenge themselves to continually improve.”

Scottish Rugby has previously led coaching classes in Iceland, Malta, Hungary and a World Rugby Level 3 coaching course in Georgia as part of the initiative.

The two workshops in Brussels will focus on ‘attack and breakdown’, and ‘skill development’, with the Scottish Rugby coaches leading indoor and practical demonstrations with players from Belgian Rugby.

The ‘Attack and Breakdown’ session will aim to give coaches a clear picture of counter-attack principles and transition and the ‘Skill Development’ workshop focuses on skill acquisition, decision making and constraints-based coaching.

Europe’s leading rugby nations, in the NatWest 6 Nations Championship, all take part in the TES programme and are allocated countries to support through World Rugby and Rugby Europe.