Nick Leah was formerly in charge of the Brumbies Academy for a number of years and has held numerous development roles with the organisation since 2011. Outside of the Brumbies, he’s had coaching roles with the Kubota Spears in Japan, the Melbourne Rebels, and University of Queensland among others. Nick holds a Bachelor of Coaching Science from the University of Canberra and is now the General Manager of Ignite Rugby, along with Mick Byrne and Rod Kafer.
Dan van Zyl played for the Springboks between 1997 and 2000, captaining the midweek side on various occasions. He also played both professional Rugby and Cricket in SA and UK. Dan moved to Ireland 16 years ago to start a career in coaching and worked at Leinster for 11 years in Coach and Player Development. He’s coached Leinster u18, 19s and Women's teams, Irish Youths and Irish Universities, and is a World Rugby Coach Educator.
He’s recently started up a business called Rugby Academy Ireland.
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Matthew Taylor is the defence coach for Scotland. He is a 46 year old father of two, former flanker who played in Australia and Scotland with clubs such as Souths, Sunnybank, Edinburgh and Borders.
He started coaching at Exeter Chiefs in 2005 then went home to coach in Australia at Sunnybank Rugby Club and The Southport School. This led to working with the QLD REDS and following 2013, Matt returned to Scotland to coach with the Glasgow Warriors and the Scotland National team.
Richard Shuttleworth has over 20 years coach education and support experience in elite level sport, focusing on skill acquisition. He has worked at the Australian Institute of Sport with Olympic level coaches, various national sporting organisations, Super Rugby franchises, the NRL, Football Federation Australia and Australian Rules clubs.
He was the Professional Coach Development Manager for the RFU for 4 years before moving into his latest role as a High Performance Coach Development Consultant. Richard has a BSc in Coaching Science, a MSc in Sport Psychology and a PhD in Skill Acquisition.
Rameses Langston is based in Vancouver, Canada, and is the head coach of the University of British Columbia men’s rugby team.
His home club is Capilano RFC, and he has had coaching roles in schools, junior age-grade, and senior club. He’s a father of 3, a teacher and an Athletic Director.
Barry Maddocks is the Skills Coach at the Welsh Pro 14 club, the Dragons and I recently met him there on a professional development trip.
Previously Barry worked at Bath, where he was responsible for the management of senior academy players as they transitioned into the senior squad, as well as supporting senior coaches with technical and tactical delivery. He was also the former head coach for the England Women’s 7s team.
Ross Munro Williams is from South Africa and started coaching rugby at age 19. He has been involved with every age group, from U7s at school to adult Super League A, club, and Varsity Cup U20s.
He owns 2 businesses, is currently the U21 coach at the University of Cape Town and runs a coaching blog titled Ross Rugby.
Blog article mentioned in the show: https://rossrugby.co.za/2017/09/after-10-years-of-coaching-heres-what-i-think-i-know/
Will Precious is the head video analyst at the Welsh Pro 14 team the Dragons who I met during a recent professional development trip. After completing a Sports Science degree from Brunel University in London, Will went on to work as an analyst with the Ospreys in the first season of regional rugby. From there, here worked with the Welsh U21 and then U20 sides before taking on the Dragons role.
Nate Osborne originally hails from Queanbeyan in Australia where he played a lot of his rugby in Canberra as part of the Brumby Runners. After moving to the US, he’s had coaching roles with Metropolis RFC in Minnesota, the USA Eagles as backs coach for the 2015 RWC, and was recently named as the head coach for NOLA Gold, based out of New Orleans.
David Williams is the head coach of the Glendale Raptors. Originally from England, he played for both the USA Eagles 7s and 15s teams. Between 2006 and 2015, David was the head strength coach for USA Rugby Men's national teams, and skill and assistant coach for the men's 7's team for some of that time. He was assistant head coach for the Denver Stampede, in the PRO Rugby competition, who were winners of the 2016 season. He’s been the head coach of the Glendale raptors since then.
Mark Bennett is a British Commando and has been involved in coach development since the early 90’s. His business, Performance Development Systems (PDS), began out of his work in “training the trainer” courses for the military. From this experience, Mark left the military to focus on his business full time.
Mark believes in a practitioner-based approach to maximise real-world performance and PDS has worked with England Rugby, Bath Rugby, Warrington Wolves RL, NBA teams, the British Military, along with a host of schools, universities and businesses. He was honoured with a Member of the British Empire in 2006.