Save Your Coaching Playlist To Your Phone

Hi to all our rugby coaching community,

Thanks so much for being part of our Junior Rugby Coaching Session 1 and thanks for your feedback, we’ve been listening to you and working to deliver what you want.

Here come your software upgrades!

Now you can save your coaching playlist to your phone

Do these easy steps to save your coaching playlist and view on your phone so you can take it to training

Coach with confidence and control

Before you start, login with your username and password

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1. Build Your Plan

  1. Drag in drills to your playlist or “Click to add to training plan
  2. You can use your team name to name your plan
  3. Then add the date of when you are running your plan
  4. You can click and drag the order of your drills

1. Build Your Plan

  1. Drag in drills to your playlist or “Click to add to training plan
  2. You can use your team name to name your plan
  3. Then add the date of when you are running your plan
  4. You can click and drag the order of your drills

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2. Click on Save Plan

**New Feature** Save your plan for viewing on your phone – or any device

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3. Click on “My Plans”

**New Feature** “My Plans” stores all your plans in one place so you can see your past trainings

Click on "My Plans"

4. Click on plan title

Click on plan title

5. View your saved plan

**New Feature** When viewing your plans they will play as there own playlist

View your saved plan

View Your Saved Plan – On Phone

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1. Click Menu

In top right

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2. Choose “My Plans”

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3. In My Plans – Click on plan title

Find your plan

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4. Click on drill title

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5. View Your Plan

As a playlist

Malakai Fekitoa

Malakai Fekitoa

Some critics judge you harsh,
But that’s just life 🙂

We love to see your commitment to play your best.

Because when you do, you’re a World Class watch.

Thanks for lighting up NZ and Highlanders rugby, and best wishes for your future!

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And thanks for the fun rugby coaching drill you showed us too. The kids get so stoked on it!

Malo e leileu,

JL

Fekiota Low Chop Tackle

Want to watch more fun rugby coaching videos like the one above?

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Ben Smith – Smart Training & Determination For Success

Who can forget the time he gunned down Manu Tuilagi in front of his home crowd at Forsyth Barr?

It’s great to see homegrown local talent make it all the way to the highest profile job in NZ!

Congratulations to Dunedin’s Ben Smith. He has come from King’s High School and Green Island RFC to now be captain of the All Blacks for tonight’s match v Manu Samoa.

We know he’s not there by accident, he has already co-captained the Highlanders to a Super Rugby title in 2015.

Ben made his All Black debut back in 2009 and worked hard on his game for another three seasons before he became a core member of the All Blacks Best XV.

How did Ben claim his spot?

He trained his skill set smartly and with determination.

Now Ben’s famous for his Defence, High Ball Catching, Open Field Running, AND being the Captain of the All Blacks

Counter Attack From Kicks (video below) is a smart and fun rugby skill game.

It’s all about training counter attacking skills like open field running, support play and linking in a competitive environment and it’s heaps of fun.

Ben Smith catch to set up Julian Savea in the Rugby World Cup quarter final

Ben Smith try time and open field running  

Chop’ them Lions Malakai Fekitoa

Anyone watch the Lions beat the Crusaders on the weekend?

While the Lions got all their points through Owen Farrell’s boot, they also won by stopping the Crusaders getting over their line for any tries. The Highlanders will be up against a staunch Lions defence at Forsyth Barr Stadium tonight. But they will be up for it, especially with Malakai Fekitoa running out in the starting team.

We Love Malakai Fekitoa here at LeslieRugby.

He recently showed us a fun tackling drill.  It’s all about teaching players to tackle low and safe when they are running at speed.

 

Above is a preview of JRC Season 1, if you’re interested in more videos like this click here

As well as Malakai low chop tackling the Lions, here are some other reasons why we think he’s going to be a big player tonight

Good luck Feki, Chop em up!

 Cross kicks – With his good mate Lima Sopoaga starting a first five, you can be sure that Malakai will be looking to collect a few like this: 

  Clutch play – Malakai knows to show up at the business end of a game. He did it against the Bulls back in round 12 of Super Rugby:

 Kick returns – He’ll often find himself at the back and running back into broken defensive lines. That’s where h’s capable of stuff like this:

Resource Rugby Coaches with Customised Rugby Balls

Resource Rugby Coaches with Customized Rugby Balls  

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When my son Jack was 6 years old he asked me if he could play rugby. Sure I said, and we headed off to the Southern RFC in Dunedin. I wanted to contribute to my son’s rugby experience, so when I was asked to coach his team, I agreed. It was 2007 and I had recently finished my professional rugby career.

I was confident and well versed in pro rugby. So I thought that coaching a kid’s team would be easy, and I would be awesome, and the kids would love me, and… I WAS WRONG, I Bombed!

A major problem for me was that I was under resourced. When I accepted the role of team coach I was given 3 old rugby balls, a whistle and 14 kids to shape into a team.

As a volunteer junior rugby team coach, the lack of resource the club gave me made me feel unappreciated.

I new from my professional rugby days that to succeed you need to be resourced with core training tools. And the number one training and skill acquisition tool for rugby is quite simply rugby balls, and having enough of them to get all your players engaged is key.

We got enough balls to resource all of our team coaches like this;

We engaged with local businesses and asked them to become sponsors of our junior rugby club. Their return on investment was their business logo printed on customized rugby balls which would be used to directly benefit the players and coaches of our club. Our sponsors loved this and we confirmed sponsorship to pay for 100 balls in just two days.

On arrival of our customized rugby balls our coaches were thrilled, they said they felt empowered. Now they had the key resource to engage their team players in meaningful rugby practice action.

“Our Havelock North coaches love getting new branded team training balls at the start of the season, it gives them tons of coaching options and it is great way to make them feel valued and appreciated”
– Mat Arcus, Club Captain, Havelock North RFC

As rugby decision makers and community contributors we want things made easy for us. We are already busy people.

So for You, I have made a super cool brand new tool that makes it easy and fast to design customized rugby balls with your club logo and colours and sponsor logos too. You can also receive an official quote and even place your order immediately.  You can now do in minutes what used to take hours.

Since 2006 LeslieRugby has delivered over 100,000 customized rugby balls to 100’s of clubs and schools to benefit rugby players, coaches, sponsors and community spirit. I’ve traveled to India (the home of rugby ball manufacturing, yes this is true) almost every year since to ensure that the product I deliver  performs at a world class standard and grassroots rugby value.

Yours in Grassroots Rugby

John Leslie

Customized Rugby Ball Sponsorship Hack

 

Customized Rugby Ball Sponsorship Hack

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Customized rugby balls can grow playing numbers at your club and empower your team coaches and players to practice rugby the modern and enjoyable way.

If you know this, and you love this customized rugby ball concept. But are you are holding back because you are short on money and time? If  you are, I understand.

So for You, I have made a super cool brand new tool that makes it easy and fast to design customized rugby balls with your club logo and colours and sponsor logos too. You can also receive an official quote and even place your order immediately. You can now do in minutes what used to take hours.

Hack customized rugby balls now with this 4 step method it is fast and easy. 

step 1. Design your customized rugby balls here – your colours logos and sponsor logos too.

step 2. Request a quote for how many customized rugby balls you want.

step 3. Fill in the gaps to this script and forward with ball design it to prospective sponsors.

step 4. Follow up with sponsors and close.

Then order your customized rugby balls from sales@LeslieRugby.co.nz

 

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I know this hack works, because I used it myself year after year to make customized rugby balls happen for us at the Southern Junior RFC between 2007-2013 when I was a team coach, club captain and junior club chairman. In these 7 years,

  • We grew our junior playing numbers from just 60 kids to over 220.
  • Our coaching ranks transformed from a small rabble of despondent individuals to a hearty band of club mates. And our teams emerged from easy beats to competitive and sometimes even champions.
  • We engaged with our community and delivered rugby value.

Customized rugby balls were a major factor for making all of these positive things happen for us.

 

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Since 2006 LeslieRugby have delivered over 100,000 branded rugby balls to 100’s of clubs and schools in NZ and around the world to benefit players, coaches, sponsors and community spirit. I work closley with rugby stars to make sure LeslieRugby balls perform at a world class standard and deliver grassroots rugby value.

Your Colours – Your Logos – Your Sponsors – Your Happy Players

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Customised Rugby Balls Grow Rugby Playing Numbers

 

 

Grow junior rugby with customised rugby balls.

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In 2007 my junior rugby club had a problem

We were low on playing numbers, so low we were struggling to get enough kids to fill our teams and we were often thrashed by the numerically superior opposition. Our players  were not enjoying their rugby experience. To make things worse, we were going backwards, and some of our kids were dropping out of rugby.

Positive change was needed

We agreed that if we got more kids joining our club they would fill our teams and they would bring their families with them, thats what we wanted, that would be cool.

We decided TO GIVE TO RECEIVE. Our give was a customised rugby ball strategy that worked like this:

We would give a new club branded rugby ball to each kid that registered to play rugby for us.  We called this “Ball for All” and marketed it loud and proud.

Wow, what a RESULT! On registration day we had kids lined up outside our club house. They were excited for rugby and to receive their very own, brand new customised rugby ball. We smashed our playing number target. To make this even better, we put some business around our Ball for All offer. Our terms were, pay your registration fee now, and get your ball now. Holy Smoke, we went from usually receiving about 50% of payments on registration day to 97% of all kids paid up.

This was awesome

Because we achieved our goal and we had strong playing numbers for each of our teams.  We also now had cash in the bank and didn’t need to chase up (many) overdue registration fees. Previously a lot of people required money chasing that went on for months… and what a drag that is.

As rugby decision makers and community contributors we want things made easy for us. We are already busy people.

So for You,

I have made a super cool brand new tool that makes it easy and fast for you to design rugby balls with your club logo and colours and with sponsor logos too. you can also receive an official quote and you can even place your orders immediately. You can now do in minutes what used to take hours.

Click this link and you will be designing your own customised rugby balls, fast.

 

“We received a heaps of positive feedback with our Rahui branded rugby balls, they were a real winner for our club and our community”. – Makaore Wilson, Rahui Rugby

 

Since 2006 LeslieRugby has delivered over 100,000 branded rugby balls to 100’s of clubs and schools in NZ and around the world to benefit players, coaches, sponsors and community spirit. I’ve traveled to India (the home of rugby ball manufacturing, yes this is true) almost every year since to ensure that the product I deliver perfoms at a world class standard and is grassroots rugby value.

For Grassroots Rugby

 John Leslie

Your Colours – Your Logos – Your Sponsors

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Malakai Fekitoa low chop tackle rugby skill drill

Malakai Fekitoa is a world class rugby player, his low chop tackle is awesome.

See this fun junior rugby skill drill coaching video and print the coaching card below to see how to coach your junior rugby players how to low chop tackle just like Malakai.

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[After running your Malakai Fekitoa Low Chop Tackle] The difference was amazing. Heads in the right place cheek to cheek, nice and low, arms wrapping around.

Well done on a fantastic Drill. It’s amazing that someone that does what you do for a living shares all this with us for free. Bloody Gold mate!

Cheers

Brendon Bellamy Director at Tricky Tree Specialist Limited June 29, 2016

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Coach Like This:

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Coach is to position an upright tackle bag approximately 10 meters away from tackler and ball runner.

On coaches “GO” command, ball runner and the tackler are to run fast towards the tackle bag. On approach the tackler is to sight the ball runner and his goal is to tackle the bag exactly as the ball runner intersects behind the tackle bag.

Chop Tackler Tips:

Sight ball runner on approach. Time your tackle with the ball runner crossing behind the tackle bag. Make sure tacklers head is positioned safely in the cheek on cheek position (tacklers face cheek on ball runners butt cheek) this safley positions the tacklers head behind the body mass of the ball runner. Encourage your tackler to commit to a low chop tackle and to land their shoulder into the tackle bag and to wrap their arms tightly and strongly around the bag on contact and to hold on tight to complete the tackle.

Ball Runner Tips:

Practice sprinting fast with rugby ball in hand.


See the man himself, Malakai Fekitoa chop tackle training with the Highlanders.

This video is from The Pulse Highlanders Facebook page 

Free Junior rugby coaching videos from John Leslie

Free Videos and Junior Rugby Team Coaching Success

Wow, I’ve just completed my 2016 junior rugby team coaching tour of NZ. I have presented to more than 1100 junior team coaches in 50 locations throughout NZ since March 2016.

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Brendon Bellamy

[After running your Malakai Fekitoa Low Chop Tackle] The difference was amazing. Heads in the right place cheek to cheek, nice and low, arms wrapping around.

Well done on a fantastic Drill. It’s amazing that someone that does what you do for a living shares all this with us for free. Bloody Gold mate!

Cheers

Brendon Bellamy Director at Tricky Tree Specialist Limited June 29, 2016

Thanks for the many humbling testimonials. I am stoked to be of genuine value to junior rugby coaches and players.

Free junior rugby coaching videos

Click the button below for free rugby coaching videos. These will help you successfully train your rugby kid or a small group of rugby kids. Scroll down and have a look around, I hope you get good value. FYI LeslieRugby will be adding more rugby coaching videos so stay tuned if you like this stuff.

One on One and Small Group rugby coaching skill drills.

Rugby Skills for Success

My junior rugby team coaching philosophy promotes core rugby skill development. And my junior rugby team coaching experience has taught me that skill improvement is best achieved by setting your players up for 100’s of core rugby skill attempts at your team practices. see how you can train your kids team 100’s of core rugby skills here on this Junior Team Coaching Success Video

Accelerated rugby team skill learning is impossible without enough rugby balls for your players. A minimum of 10 balls per junior team training is required for real success (I find 12-15 balls works best for me). When you have this quantity of balls available your kids can be constantly in rugby action and attempting and improving their skills.

Rugby Ball Special Buy 4 rugby balls and get 1 rugby ball FREE LeslieRugby special offer for all of June 2016.

 Contact us about this deal now

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All the best and at your Service,

John Leslie

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The Rugby Fashion Revival of the Moustache vs The Gilles Kaka Top Knot

They say fashion goes in cycles and one trend rising back to the apex is the Moustache/tailored beard.
The social media stream of photos from the weekends games reveal a facial hair trend that would have household 1980’s rugby icons Murray Mexted and Bernie Fraser smiling quietly over their mid-winter mulled wines. Because anyone with a tailored moustache also enjoys a mulled wine.

 

One trend we are not sure yet on here in the office and perhaps on the outer downward curve of the apex is what is known as the 1“top knot.”

The Top Knot can be seen as the rugby derivative and close cousin of the Hipster Man Bun. This exploded into our Rugby consciousness with Gilles Kaka from the NZ 7s team circa 2014. This particular trend is known to ruffle the feathers of any coach in NZ aged 45 and over. They simply can not compute it and find it confronting and unsettling.

 

Rugby, Grassroots, LeslieRugby

If anyone out there has a photo of a club rugby player with a Moustache AND a top knot can you please email that in to us.

Fraser, LeslieRugby.

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