Coaching Resources

Scottish Rugby has developed the following information and resources to support coaches in player development. These range from articles, drills and activities to coaching manuals and reports. 


Scottish Rugby Anti-Doping Guidance (PDF) provides a summary of the key areas within Anti-Doping.

It is designed for use by athletes and athlete support personnel (coaches/managers/medical staff and parents).

The downloadable PDF document to the right is a poster on Scottish Rugby Andti-Doping Guidance.

Are You Ready to Play Rugby

RugbyReady Course Manual (pdf)

Age Grade Law Variations (pdf)

Policy Summary Booklet (pdf)

Coaching Strategy

In line with the organisations 2013-2016 strategic plan, and the sportscotland coaching framework, Scottish Rugby has developed a new Coaching Strategy 2014-2016 (Clubs & Schools).



Coaching Toolbox

These resources provide information on the following;

  • The Coaching Process
  • Coaching Philosophy
  • Coaching Styles
  • Principles of Play
  • Warm Cool Down plus S&C
  • Coaching Through Small-Sided Games
  • Working With Adolescent Players


Game Coaching

This resource provides guidance on all aspects of game coaching for coaches, teachers, match officials and parents who are involved in the provision of mini rugby to primary school aged children.



Growth Mindset

Gregor Townsend, Coach of Glasgow Warriors, on how he uses having a growth mindset with the rugby players he coaches.

World Rugby Laws of the Game

The World RugbyLaws of Rugby Union Website has written information on the Laws, video examples and animations to build your understanding of how the Laws are applied on the field of play, and take a self-test exam to check your knowledge

Law exam

Registered users can access the World Rugby Laws exam.
After completing the World Rugby Laws exam, you can download your personalised awareness certificate. Registration is free and takes only a few minutes.

Click here to download the World Rugby Laws of the Game 2014 in PDF format (17mb).
You can also download the World Rugby Laws app for iPhone and the IRB Laws app for iPad


World Rugby Coaching

On the World Rugby Coaching web site, you'll find a range of resources to support you in your coaching from online learning about aspects of coaching to community forums, technical content and more.


World Rugby Keep Rugby Clean

Learn about doping in Rugby and the importance of staying clean. The World Rugby Keep Rugby Clean educational resource will show you all you need to know.

• About World Rugby Keep Rugby Clean • Ambassadors • Doping Control Procedures • Player Whereabouts • Therapeutic Use Exemptions • Prohibited substances • Dietary supplements • Consequences of doping


Key National Themes

This resource has been designed to support coaches through the use of ‘game related’ practice. The resource includes progressive skill practices and games that can be used in isolation, as part of a session or as part of a series of sessions.


Long term player development (LTPD)

Long term player development (LTPD) is a player centred approach to achieving a player's full potential throughout their involvement in Rugby.

Following Scottish Rugby’s LTPD Strategy and the subsequent production of our LTPD Guide for Clubs and Schools and our Coaching Tag and Mini Rugby resource, Scottish Rugby has produced Coaching Tag and Mini Rugby resource LTPD Stage 1&2 to support coaches and teachers who are working with primary school age players in the first two LTPD stages: FUNdamentals and Learning to Play.

Further to this is the Coaching Youth Rugby resource LTPD Stage 3 to support coaches and teachers who are working with youth players in the third LTPD stage. 

We have recently launched LTPD Stages 4 and 5: Developing & Optimising Performance targeted at players aged 17 and above. 


The National U18s Coaching Conference (Videos)

The National U18s Coaching Conferencewas an opportunity for U18 coaches from around the country to observe and interact with coaches at the pinnacle of the U18 game. This included Ben Fisher (Specialist Skills Coach), Chris Paterson (Specialist Skills Coach) and Don Caskie (Scotland U18's Backs Coach) as they delivered sessions on attack, defence and counter attack.

Ben Fisher: Defence Workshop                                                      Chris Paterson: Counter Attack Workshop  








Don Caskie: Attack Workshop

Mental Skills Training

This resource provides coaches with a guide to Mental Skills Training. Mental skills training (MST) is the learning and implementation of mental techniques that assist individuals in the development of mental skills to achieve performance success and wellbeing. Mental techniques and skills allow individuals to maximise their own experience, learning and performance within training and match situations.



The Coach Development quarterly newsletter provides information regarding our UKCC courses, CPD, events/conferences as well as updates within the team. 

The current newsletter is our Spring edition with information on the Club Coach Coordinator Conference, UKCC Level 3 Admission, Scottish Rugby UKCC Level 3 Coaching Day at Glasgow Warriors, World Rugby Coaching 7s course and an update on UKCC, World Rugby and CPD Courses . 



Nutrition information delivered by Richard Chessor at the National Coaching Conference (September 2013)

Rugby Nutrition (pdf)



Guidelines for Refereeing Domestic Rugby (2014/15) (pdf)


Safety, Discipline and Anti-Doping

Child Protection and Welfare (pdf)


Scottish Sports Concussion Guidelines

IF IN DOUBT, SIT THEM OUT; Scottish Sports Concussion Guidance:Grassroots sport and general public report (PDF) is intended to provide information on how to recognise sports concussion and on how sports concussion should be managed from the time of injury through to safe return to play.

The downloadable PDF document to the right is a 2 page summary card.   



This resource provides coaches with a step-by-step guide to preparing  players to play in the scrum. Coaches should use this resource, alongside relevant age grade law variations to ensure players are prepared  correctly for playing in the prop, hooker, lock and back row positions.



Specialist Skills

This resource is available to aid coaches and teachers develop players' individual skills. Specialist Skills are vital to making the game of Rugby Union work, e.g. if a hooker cannot throw the ball in effectively, then it is unlikely that their team will consistently win possession at the lineout.



Please contact Claire Scott, Coach Development Administrator ( 0131 346 5167; 07773 082924) should you have any questions.


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