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Coaching Video Library:

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Rugby Coaching

Rookie Rugby - Canada

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Rugby Development

Community and Country (Framework for Development and Growth):  Rugby Canada

The Rugby Ontario Way




Rugby Canada - Long Term Player Development Model

LTRD MODEL:  Rugby Canada’s LTRD model consists of an 8-stage player development pathway beginning with an introduction to physical activity and sport through to elite participation in rugby. The model is structured around chronological age; however, its principles and specific content are based on a player’s developmental age. 

Specifically, the first three stages encourage physical literacy and sport for all. Basic skills that are rugby specific are introduced in stage 2 and further developed in stage 3 in a predominantly recreational environment.

The next four stages (4, 5, 6, and 7) focus on excellence with more emphasis on building, optimizing and maximizing rugby-specific skills in a competitive, well-structured environment. Stage 8 encourages life-long physical activity and involvement in rugby. Players can enter this stage at any time.


Gold Medal Match - Rio 2016

GB v Fiji 

World Rugby Passport 


New Zealand All Blacks:

Rugby Coaching Toolbox - New Zealand:

New Zealand Small Blacks -

Rugby, Building Character since 1823

Values of Rugby 

South African Rugby Union:

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Get into Rugby Programme - TRY - PLAY - STAY

The Get Into Rugby programme is part of the World Rugby strategy to grow the Game globally in partnership with our member Regions and Unions. The programme is a central part of the World Rugby initiative to grow Rugby as we rejoin the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and move towards the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.

The aim of the programme is to encourage players of all ages to Try, Play and Stay in Rugby. Get Into Rugby will promote the values of the Game and ensure children are encouraged to try Rugby in a safe and progressive environment.

Get Into Rugby:

Advantage Rugby CLUB



Rugby Ontario Resources 

What is Long-Term Rugby Development?

The Long Term Rugby Development model (LTRD) provides an integrated framework to facilitate the development of rugby players at all levels of participation and experience. It outlines a philosophy of sound practice and long-term participation, performance and enjoyment of the Rugby.

The LTRD that was published after an extensive process of discussion and consultation between world-renowned developmental expert Dr. Istvan Balyi and the Rugby Canada LTRD Planning Committee. The collective intention is to provide the best possible rugby experience for all participants involved in rugby across Canada. The LTRD framework will help to ensure that the experience of training and playing the game is always appropriate for the developmental stage of the player involved.

The model is athlete-centred. This means that the specific characteristics pertaining to each stage are based on the particular capacities of players at that stage of development.

The model has five player capacities: Technical, Tactical, Physical, Mental and Lifestyle. These player capacities provide the compass by which Rugby Ontario designs and promotes rugby coaching and playing at all levels. All coaches should be appropriately trained and qualified to work with players at each stage in the model that they coach.

This model is Long-Term. The reality is there are no short-cuts in developing competencies to levels of excellence. A widely accepted belief is that it takes ten years or 10,000 hours of proper coaching to produce a world-class athlete or player.

This model is Collectively Aligned. This means that all participants who contribute to the development and experience of players cooperate, ensuring that all aspects of player development are aligned.

The model is not intended to be a production line of world-class players but rather an integrated series of stages (based on scientific principles and participant experience) to maximise the potential of each player according to their own ability and ambition. Ultimately of course, the successful establishment and maintenance of a long-term program of development will be essential to that small number of players with the talent and aspiration to become elite performers.

The effectiveness of the LTRD will be evidenced by its integration into all of the Rugby Ontario structures and systems, and by the rewarding experiences of players, coaches, parents, referees, supporters and administrators of the game.

The LTRD is an eight-staged model, servicing participants from Community to Country. These stages are outlined above.

Ten Key Factors Influencing Long Term Rugby Development