Joe Winpenny is the Director of Rugby at Oxford Brookes University RFC, a Rugby Development Officer at Oxford University, and Scrum Coach at Oxford Harlequins RFC. Joe played overy 200 1st grade games for Chinnor RFC, the club where he also first started coaching.
Dr Sommer Christie is a mental performance consultant who works with Olympic and Paralympic athletes, coaches, professionals, surgeons and performers. Her primary focus is to facilitate the enhancement of performance through mental skills training, including neurofeedback and biofeedback.
Sommer is also a former Canadian national player who competed in two World Cup’s, the World University Games, and several International test matches. She was also recently inducted into the Concordia University Sports Hall of Fame.
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Geraint Davies is a Head of PE and Games, based in the UK and recently completed his Level 4 Coaching Certificate. He is an RFU Senior Coach Developer, a club head coach, and has coached from U6’s up to senior international, in both the men’s and women’s game.
He’s producing some excellent coaching resources on Twitter and YouTube under the title Geraint Davies Rugby Coaching & Analysis.
Curtis Lauzon is the Technical Director at Rugby New Brunswick in Canada and moved from Ontario where he took up the role in 2017. He heads up the province’s Senior Women’s team and has had assistant coaching roles with both the Canada U18 men’s and women’s programmes, and the Atlantic Keltics Senior Women.
Born and raised on a dairy farm in New Zealand, Kendrick played his rugby with Southland, the Highlanders, Bay of Plenty, a short stint with the Chiefs, and also represented New Zealand in Sevens.
He moved to France in 2014 to play for Lyon and has been part of their coaching staff since 2016.
Jim McKay is the attack and assistant coach at the QLD reds. He was previously with the Reds from 2009-13, where they were successful in winning the Super Rugby title in 2011. Since that first stint with the club, he has gone on to have coaching roles with the Wallabies, Kobelco Steelers in Japan, as well as a number of consultancy positions.
Dave Morrow is a retired Canadian Armed Forces infantry officer and did one operational tour in Afghanistan during 2010-2011. He is also a former high school teacher and recently completed his Masters in Education Leadership where he researched high school concussion management programmes. He now runs his own personal training business tailored for military, police, and EMS professionals.
Beau Robinson is a former professional rugby player who started out his career in rugby league with the Bulldogs under 20s. He then went on to the Waratahs academy and senior side for 3 years, which included a Super Rugby final in 2008, before moving to Italy to play. After that, he moved to Brisbane, played club rugby, worked in a bar, got picked up by the Reds and went on to win a Super Rugby title in 2011 and a Wallabies cap. He also had 2 seasons with the Harlequins in the UK and is now working as a business and leadership coach.
Jeremy Holt is an occupational psychologist, leadership coach and facilitator from England who works with high performance teams in business, sport, and the military. His company, the Centre for Team Excellence, specialises in applying behavioural science to develop great teams and has been working with the University of Sussex in an attempt to understand the psychological factors that make teams great. He’s also a grassroots rugby coach with 15 years experience
Stuart Lancaster is a former school teacher and is now Senior Coach at Leinster in the Pro 14. From Yorkshire originally, he joined the RFU in 2007 where he was Head of Elite Development and the head coach of the England Saxons until 2011 before becoming the head coach of England between 2011 and 2015.
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