Nic Gill Interview – All Blacks Fitness Coach

Just before the Rugby World Cup Final last year I went to the All Blacks Team Hotel to interview their strength and conditioning coach Nic Gill. Nic has been the New Zealand fitness coach for the last 8 years. The interview gives a fascinating insight into what life...

Sprinting Speed – The1st Step – Rugby Fitness Training

Take a look at this video which is a small segment of the sprint training module in the Fitness Victory Formula. Sprint speed is as much about technique as it is about physical conditioning. To have quicker athletes they need to be stronger and fitter but the biggest...

Why Japan Beat South Africa – Rugby Fitness Training

A few years ago I wrote an article on why the biggest upset in Rugby history (involving top countries) was when Samoa beat Australia who were 8 places higher in the world rankings. In the 2015 Rugby World Cup Japan set a new record being ranked 11 places below South...

Base Plyometrics – Rugby Fitness Training Plyometrics

This video is of a base plyometric exercise demonstrated by me and then with examples of how it looks when rugby players perform it in training. The video is of a super simple and low intensity plyometric exercise yet as you can see none of the players are even close...

The 11 Types of Tackle – Part 1 – Rugby Fitness Training

I wrote last week about the different types of tackler within your team. My personal belief is the reason most people are scared of tackling is because they have never been taught to do it correctly. This has been hampered further by thinking that there are just 3...

The 4 Types of Tackler – Rugby Fitness Training

Tackling is one of the most important elements of the game. While a bone crunching tackle makes a great video on You Tube the reality is missed tackles get you far more noticed in a rugby match and obviously not for the right reasons! As a player you will instantly...

The Most Important Element of Rugby Fitness

Everyone is always looking for the next best exercise and want to know the secrets of maximising their training results. With a sport like rugby which is very multidimensional you can also debate which of the main training modes is the most influential upon on field...

Handling Back Pain in Rugby Players – Rugby Fitness Training

Many Rugby Players suffer back pain to some degree within their playing career. For you it may be very occasional stiffness from game to game but for others it can be severely debilitating and stop them playing for many months. Causes of back pain The pain most...

Leigh Halfpenny's Tackling Technique – Rugby Fitness Training

If you watched the amazing final day of the 6 nations you would have seen a bucket load of tries, a bone crunching hit by Courtney Lawes and Leigh Halfpenny giving himself concussion. The final incident had the commentators and panel pundits all bemoaning the tackling...