Jonny McMurtry is originally from Northern Ireland and is now based permanently in Brisbane, Australia. He has been involved in numerous coaching roles since 2010, including junior club, colts, as well as Queensland and ARU age grade programmes such as the Junior Reds and Junior Gold. He is also heading up a study through the University of Queensland that looks at the needs of adolescent elite rugby players. On top of this, Jonny runs an excellent blog titled Coaching the Coaches - Website: https://www.coachingthecoaches.net/ Twitter: @coachingcoach_
Charlie Morgan is a rugby reporter at Telegraph Media Group Limited in the UK and has been in that role for almost 2 years. Before that, he was a freelance writer and was also an assistant editor for the RFU for 4 years.
In this episode, we discuss some of the playing trends that he has observed during the 2018 end of year tours and how they will move into the 6 Nations and RWC 2019.
Francois Ratier is the Technical Director for Rugby Quebec in Canada. Born and raised in France, he played in the French Championship for SC Angouleme where he also coached their under 20s team. Shortly after, he relocated to Canada and has had various coaching roles in club, university, provincial elite, regional elite, and age-grade national.
His most recent roles have been with the Canadian national women’s team as head coach for 2 World Cups and the Canadian national men’s team as interim head coach.
Daniel Ritchie is the Director of Rugby at Brisbane State High School in Queensland, Australia. He spent his playing days at Norths Rugby Club in Brisbane as well as a few years at Falkirk Rugby Club in Scotland and a 1 year stint as a player/coach for Meraloma Rugby Club in Vancouver, Canada.
Along with his coaching and teaching duties at BSHS, he was manager of the Brisbane City U19 team that won the inaugural 2018 URC National U19 carnival.
Chris Silverthorn is the head coach of the Ontario Blues in Canada and has held that position for 8 years. He is also the head coach for one of Major League Rugby’s potential newest franchises, the Ontario Arrows. Along with these roles, he has been involved with the Canadian senior men, Canada A, Canada U17 and U19, as well as some age-grade representative coaching with Ontario.
Dan Cottrell is the Editor of Rugby Coach Weekly and comes with 25 years of coaching experience.
Originally a teacher, he took on the Rugby Coach Weekly role full time in 2005 and now mixes it with coach education, tutoring, and coaching. He has had roles with age-grade rugby in Surrey and the Ospreys region, along with an assistant coach role with the Welsh Women.
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.