During your rugby ‘career’, you will likely play under a number of different coaches, who each have their own unique approach to the game. Here are the 11 types of coaches most common in rugby…

1.The Player-Coach

Despite supposedly hanging up their boots several years ago, the player-coach always seems to be determined to get involved. Whether it be getting stuck in during training, or changing with the team after games.

2.The Forward

A coach who was born straight into the middle of the scrum, and is keen to ensure their team adopt the same approach. Expect them to demand set pieces at every opportunity, and a game of ten man rugby played through the forwards.

3.The Drill Sergeant

Absolutely obsessed with fitness to the point where skills pretty much go out the window during training. Expect plenty of shuttle runs and other vomit inducing training sessions that aren’t much fun but get you as fit as you’ve ever been.

4.The Volunteer

Despite having no prior rugby coaching experience, the volunteer is thrown straight into coaching the team when nobody else will. Completely clueless about what they’re doing, but willing to do whatever they can to help.


5.The Purist

The kind of coach who is determined to play exciting, flowing rugby no matter what the situation. When it comes together it is truly something wonderful to behold, but when it goes wrong it goes spectacularly wrong.

6.The Know-It All

The kind of coach who adopts the same approach today as they did 30 years ago. Has completely failed to adapt to the modern game, and it completely unwilling to listen to anyone else’s input, no matter how badly a game may be going.

7.The Parent

The kind of coach who sees their players more as children than a team. Always supplying extra bits of kit, providing support in any way possible, and generally being an all round-great person.

8.The Sage

Although the sage may look past it, they are in fact a tactical genius who use their years of experience to ensure their team are capable of adapting to any situation, and can find a way to play to their strengths.


9.The Screamer

Whether they’re happy, angry, or anywhere in between, it’s likely the screamer will be shouting at the top of their lungs. They shout during training, and shout even louder during the games to ensure they are always heard.

10.The Pacifist

It seems like no matter what happens out on the rugby field, the pacifist will not be provoked into a reaction. Although it may wind some people up, the pacifist is usually one of the most respected coaches around.

11.The Baffler

A once great player who has now turned their hand toward coaching, the issue being is that their team aren’t as good as they used to be. The Baffler can therefore grow frustrated at being unable to convey their requirements to players lacking in the necessary skills.