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A celebration edition of this ultimate classic rugby coaching manual.

Table of Contents

Foreword Introduction PART 1 TOTAL RUGBY AND ITS DEVELOPMENT The Meaning of Total Rugby Implications of Total Rugby for the Coach Implications of Open Rugby for the Club The Coach's Responsibility to Rugby PART 2 UNDERSTANDING THE GAME - ATTACK AND DEFENCE Understanding the Game Principles of Attack Principles of Defence PART 3 PRACTICAL COACHING Coaching with Purpose Team Selection Coaching Methods Exercise Forms Pressure Practices Coaching Sessions Information Technology Coach Recruitment PART 4 THE INNER GAME OF RUGBY Mobilising the Team Evolving a Game Plan Tactical Guide-lines PART 5 BASIC PREPARATION - TECHNICAL Personal Skills Unit Techniques - The Forwards Unit Techniques - The Backs Team Defence Varieties of Team Practice PART 6 BASIC PREPARATION - PHYSICAL Fitness for Rugby

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Jim Greenwood was one of world's most highly regarded rugby coaches and was a distinguished player before shaping the game internationally with his renowned coaching techniques. He was the first rugby coach to be elected to the National Coaching Foundation's inaugural Hall of Fame, and was also elected as an official Legend of Scottish Rugby. His two books Total Rugby and Think Rugby are considered to be seminal works on the game of rugby.


It's still the only rugby coaching book I regularly refer to ... In my opinion, this book is unrivalled - it sets out to give detailed solutions to coaching problems. It asks for technical excellence, without letting small mistakes slip by - demanding thorough preparation and attention to detail. -- Sir Clive Woodward, Rugby World Cup Winning England Head Coach
I don't feel I'd started coaching properly until I'd read Jim Greenwood. -- Ian McGeechan OBE, former British Lions Coach
It took maybe 20 minutes t recognise that Jim's way of coaching was the most effective I'd come across. I was an All Black then, and when I became the All Blacks coach I was into his methods, helped by his books. I still turn to them and highly recommend them.' -- Wayne Smith, former All Blacks backs coach and Northampton Saints coach
Jim Greenwood remains the most important influence in my career. He was ahead of his time in every respect ... without him women's rugby in the UK would not have been the same. -- Lisa Burgess, Wales Assistant Coach and former Welsh captain
Jim Greenwood's books are my inspiration; they are my "bible". -- Bill Freeman, former Director of Coaching, NZ Rugby Football Union

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