Philippe Saint-André. Philippe is a former national player for France and earned 69 test caps between 1990 and 1997, mostly on the wing. After retiring, Philippe went into coaching, starting at Gloucester, who he also played professionally for. He then moved to Sale, where they won the Challenge Cup and Premiership title, after which, he returned to France to lead Toulon for 2 years before taking over as French national coach until the 2015 RWC. He now spends a lot of his time heading up PSA Academies, which the Tignes Rugby Academy in France is a part of.
Murray Kinsella is a sports journalist based in Ireland who writes extensively about the technical aspects of rugby.
He works primarily with The42.ie, a news source for Irish sports fans, but has also worked with TV3, Eir Sport and The Rugby Site.
His analysis work is a great resource for rugby coaches around the world.
Daniel O’Brien hails from Australia originally and is just finishing up as the attack, defence and backs coach for the Coca Cola Red Sparks in Japan’s top league.
He has held numerous coaching roles in the Canterbury region of New Zealand, Dublin, Ireland and Brisbane, Australia and continues in his pursuit as a full time professional coach.
Bernard Jackman is the head coach at FC Grenoble in France and has been with the club in a variety of roles since 2012. During his time with the club, they have been promoted from Pro D2 to the Top 14 to where they now have the 4th best attack in the league. Considering the club’s available budget and access to national players, this is a considerable achievement.
His professional playing career include 9 caps with Ireland and 4 with Ireland A, along with stints with Leinster, Connacht and Sale. He played under coaches such as Declan Kidney, Warren Gatland, Michael Cheika, Alan Gaffney to name a few.
Stuart Lierich is a specialist kicking coach from Australia and comes from an Aussie Rules background. After a semi-professional playing career, he began coaching with a VFL team and really connected with the process. With a keen interest in Kick/Catch, Stu then found himself in Rugby Union and Rugby League after moving to Brisbane 15 years ago. He’s now with the NEC Green Rockets Rugby in Japan’s Top League and was recently appointed as the Account Manager Aus/NZ for Coach Logic.
Longomatch (mentioned in the episode) - http://bit.ly/2kNIbao
Scott Allen is the assistant coach for the Wallaroos, the Australian Women’s Rugby team, and is currently in the midst of their 2017 WRWC campaign preparations, which will take place in Ireland during August. He’s had previous senior coaching roles with the University of Queensland and was also a prominent analyst on The Roar website and Green and Gold Podcast.
Dr. Wade Gilbert holds degrees in physical education, human kinetics, and education and has taught and studied coaching at the University of Ottawa (Canada), UCLA, and Fresno State. He has more than 20 years of experience in conducting applied research with coaches around the world spanning all competitive levels, from youth leagues to the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games. He is widely published, including his recent book Coaching Better Every Season (Human Kinetics) and is frequently invited to speak at national and international events. Gilbert is Editor-in-Chief of the International Sport Coaching Journal and is a regular contributor to coaching seminars for Olympic and national team coaches in the United States and Canada.
Human Kinetics Coach Education Centre:
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Nathan Parnham is a Sydney-based S&C coach whose goal is to inspire others to achieve their personal best and aims to positively impact his athletes’ lives everyday that he goes into work.
He is the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Newington College in Sydney, which is a member of the GPS, where he oversees the programming for senior rugby.
In this episode, we discuss how Nathan and his S&C staff at Newington College embrace the LTAD model when it comes to physically preparing their high school rugby players - who are also multi-sport athletes - from grade 7 through to 12.
Ray is the PRO Rugby San Diego Head Coach and originally hails from Ireland where he developed his rugby at Cresent College School and Young Munsters RFC. He then moved to England to attend Loughborough University where he continued playing but also coached the University’s women’s side. After university he returned to Ireland and began working for the IRFU and Munster as an S&C coach, and later as an Elite Player Development Coach. He has had coaching roles with Munster and Ireland underage and senior teams and began coaching Belmont Shore RFC when he moved to the US with his wife. He now heads up PRO San Diego and is also involved with the Eagle Selects.
Along with being married with 3 boys, Luke Gross is the Head Coach of the Sacramento Express PRO Rugby Team and took that position on after 7 years working for USA Rugby in numerous roles. Luke arrived relatively late to rugby, at age 24, after a university basketball career, and went on to be awarded 62 caps for the USA, which included 3 World Cups and a 12 year professional career in Europe.
John Lavery is the Rugby Canada U19 forwards coach and has had numerous roles coaching both men and women. Whether it’s high school, university, senior club, age-grade regional, national and senior women, Lav’s made some great contributions to the game over the past 10 years.
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