Coaching Resources

Scottish Rugby has developed the following information and resources to support coaches in player development. These range from articles, drills and activities to coaching manuals and reports. 

Are you ready to play rugby logoAre You Ready to Play Rugby

2013-14 RugbyReady course manaul (pdf)

2013-14 Age Grade Law Variations (pdf)

2013-14 Policy Summary Booklet (pdf)

Are You Ready to Play Rrugby annual report: 2011/1012 (pdf)

Coaching Strategy (Clubs and Schools)

In line with the organisations 2013-2016 strategic plan, and the sportscotland coaching framework, Scottish Rugby has developed a new Coaching Strategy.  

Coaching Strategy 2014 to 2016 (Clubs & Schools) (pdf)

Game Coaching

Game Coaching Booklet 2013 (pdf)

Key National Themes

Key National Themes Coaching Resource (pdf)


Long term player development (LTPD) is a player centered approach to achieving a player's full potential throughout their involvement in Rugby.

Following Scottish Rugby’s LTPD Strategy (pdf) and the subsequent production of our LTPD Guide for Clubs and Schools and our Coaching Tag and Mini Rugby resource, Scottish Rugby has produced Coaching Tag and Mini Rugby resource LTPD Stage 1&2 (pdf) to support coaches and teachers who are working with primary school age players in the first two LTPD stages: FUNdamentals and Learning to Play.

Further to this is the Coaching Youth Rugby resource LTPD Stage 3 (pdf) to support coaches and teachers who are working with youth players in the third LTPD stage. 


Guidelines for Refereeing Domestic Rugby (2014/15) (pdf)

Safety, discipline and anti-doping

Child protection and welfare (pdf)

Scrum Ready

ScrumReady Resource (pdf)

Specialist Skills

The downloads below are available to aid coaches and teachers develop players' individual skills. The specialist skills, outlined below, are vital to making the game of Rugby Union work, e.g. if a hooker cannot throw the ball in effectively, then it is unlikely that their team will consistently win possession at the lineout.

Specialist Skills Resource (pdf)


Kicking from Hand (pdf)

Lineout (pdf)

Place Kicking (pdf)

Role of the First Receiver (pdf)

Scrum (pdf)

Scrum - Half Play (pdf)


Nutrition Information - Delivered by Richard Chessor at National Coaching Conference Sept 2013 (pdf)


Please contact Claire Scott, Coach Development Administrator ( 0131 346 5167; 07773 082924) should you have any questions.