Welcome to the Coaching strand.

The online modules in this strand aim to:

  • introduce you to coaching
  • help you understand the different roles and functions of players
  • help you to break down the skills of the game into coachable Key Factors
  • provide specific guidance for those of you who are coaching children.

We recommend that Coaches complete these modules prior to attending our Face-to-face coaching courses.

Further multi-lingual online learning modules and resources for coaches of children are available from our colleagues at

Introduction to coaching

The information contained in this module aims to provide coaches with the basic knowledge regarding the two different styles of coaching and how the coaching process can be broken down into four key ‘how’ to coach skills.

Coaching Children

Good coaches should be able to develop their players’ technical, tactical, mental, movement, physical, and lifestyle capabilities. This resource provides guidance to help you to do so.

Key Factor Analysis

Key factor analysis takes each of the skills of the Game and breaks it down into its component parts. To help players perform the skills of the Game correctly, they should be aware of the key factors of the skill and aim to perform them in the correct sequence.

Functional Role Analysis

Functional role analysis is a process that a coach can use to identify which role a player should select in a given situation.

Introduction to Performance Analysis

This module aims to provide potential new analysts, coaches and other team staff with the essential information necessary to understand the principles of performance analysis.

Tackle Ready

Player welfare is World Rugby’s number one priority. We continually work to ensure our stakeholders can access high quality, up to date training and education opportunities supported by a wide range of resources to help them to make our game safer and better. With an average of 176 tackles per game, it is vital to ensure that all players (and coaches) can perform (and coach) the tackle safely and effectively. The Tackle Ready programme provides an in-depth framework which focuses on five key stages, each with Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

Face-to-face courses and accreditations

World Rugby works in conjunction with our Regional Associations and member unions to deliver a needs-based, blended learning portfolio of online learning and face-to-face attendance/accreditation courses. Our aim is to enable our member unions to become self-sustainable in the delivery of the entry/mid-level courses, whilst our higher level courses are delivered on a regional basis. Some of our larger member unions choose to deliver their own suite of Training and Education courses, so please check with your union to find out what training courses are available in the first instance. World Rugby’s face-to-face courses and accreditations are delivered by our network of over 2000 Licenced Trainers and Educators. This network delivers our courses on behalf of, and on the approval of, both their member unions and World Rugby. They are trained, quality assured, and licenced by World Rugby to do so. The full list of courses delivered is available below, along with the online pre-requsites which participants must complete before attending a course.