Posted: September 27th 2015
What a night last night for Welsh Rugby.
Did you watch the game?
So much courage. Nerve. BELIEF.
Me and Rachel were jumping around the living room
when Wales scored that try…
She prefers Rugby to Football as she can’t stand all
the antics from the Football boys…
(Probably likes the bigger muscles too in fairness)
Another Rugby boy gets wacked and she says:
“If that was a Footballer now he’d be rolling around on
And she’s right in’t she?
There’s so much B.S. in Football at times it makes me
Rugby’s not my number one sport but I enjoy watching
it. Especially the Internationals.
The PASSION, the INTENSITY and the SKILL involved.
I only played Rugby for a couple of years at Cefn Hengoed
Our head of year, Mr Richard Lewis (or Dai Drama as my
Brother called him) was our Rugby Coach.
I was 2nd row so just remember having my head stuck
like a ‘vice’ between two very large, sweaty backsides in
Thankfully, Football ‘gripped’ me from an early age ha ha
But I’m a student of all sports.
Really admire Warren Gatland and what he’s achieved with
Wales. Love his honesty and his quiet confidence.
Became friends with Mike Ruddock in 2004. The year leading
up to Wales’ first grand Slam in 20-odd years. We met up in
Sydney, Australia to discuss Coaching Philosophy.
Mike knew that I published my work with the English Premier
League Academy Coaches and was interested in it.
Mike intuitively understood the importance of philosophy.
One of the finest people I’ve ever met.
Mike knew that to ‘stay ahead’ you need to be able to think
for yourself. Copy others all the time and you’ll always be
playing ‘catch up’
Bit like Football too….
What do the MAJORITY of young aspiring players do…?
Often, the WRONG things too. Like
diving on the floor.
wearing all the fancy coloured boots and gear
scrambling to get trials
joining development centres thinking it’s a ‘ticket to the top’
While the MINORITY of players who are successful think
They invest in more RELIABLE ways of getting on in the
In Rugby, Wales’ match winner Dan Biggar…and the man
he replaced, Leigh Half-Penny are famed for the endless hours
of extra practice they put in.
Yet the majority of wannabe Footballers in Wales leave it
so others can accelerate away from them because they
ignore opportunities to IMPROVE.
Then they LOSE heart and BELIEF.
Never making the CRUCIAL link between coaching,
improving and the realisation of their dreams.
What's the best chance to improve as a Footballer in
17 hours of high-intensity, high quality coaching on
TCSA's 'October Elite Week' Monday 26th - Friday
30th October 2015.
Just 3 days left to get the Early bird and secure your
son's place before someone else takes it
Enjoy the beautiful weather
PS - Another thing about Rugby is that is has a better culture
in many ways than Football. Respect for Referees is one.
Generally, Rugby boys tend to do better in other areas of life.
Stay on in school or college. Set up businesses. That kind of
thing. Whereas in Football...it's all or nothing. Sink or swim.
It's always been our mission at TCSA to change that. And it's
what we're doing. Churning out players who are ready to be
strong and successful ON and OFF the pitch.