RuggaMatrix America - GoffRugbyReport

A podcast featuring Bruce McLane and Alex Goff about American rugby, its issues, its problems, its successes, and why Bruce (especially) and sometimes Alex have the solutions.
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Mar 4, 2021

Iowa State Head Coach Anthony Frein goes into detail on how he got his club college team approved to play despite COVID restrictions.

It's about being flexible, detailed, and realizing that any rugby, if safely done, is a benefit to the players.

Alex Goff jumps on his soapbox a bit too.

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Feb 26, 2021

Alex Goff sits down with UCLA Head Coach David Clancy, former Scotland international Adam Ashe, and former England and British & Irish Lions prop Alex Corbisiero on their new roles coaching at UCLA.

Feb 10, 2021

USA lock Nick Civetta breaks down his jobs in the second row, giving priceless insights on the lineout, the scrum, and even the right equipment.

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Jan 30, 2021

Justin Goonan is the current Indiana University Head Coach and he has coached at all levels in the United States, both as a rugby coach and a Strength & Conditioning coach.

Now he is trying to help all those rugby coaches who don't have an S&C get their players fit and fit for rugby. Goonan sits down with Bruce McLane and Alex Goff to talk more about it.

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Jan 22, 2021

The key to rugby success is to keep learning and improving, and USA second row forward Nick Civetta has been doing that his entire career.

Once overlooked for the national team for reasons he says were perfectly fair, Civetta remade himself, and has become a stalwart of the team. Now he is embarking on another journey as he continues his rugby—attaining a Master's at Oxford. 

Civetta sits down with Bruce McLane and Alex Goff to talk about this and much more.

Jan 9, 2021

Dr. Richard Urso has been deep into how America has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, and he has some thoughts.

He talks directly with Bruce McLane about the (lack of) value in shutdowns and staying at home, simple treatments that work, practice responses, Vitamin D, the vaccine, and it's up to the listeners to see how this translates to whether we should be able to play sports at the youth, HS, and college levels.

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Jan 5, 2021

Strength and Conditioning expert Rob Oshinskie has worked with athletes from all over the spectrum. He sits down with Bruce McLane and (a little bit) Alex Goff to talk about mistakes coaches make with S&C, what works and what's a waste of time, and how you can help your athletes get stronger, fitter, and smarter.

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Dec 29, 2020

The USA's main flyhalf AJ MacGinty is busy playing for Sale Sharks and knows many of his Eagle teammates aren't able to play as easily. He knows he's lucky, and he speaks with Alex Goff about the Sharks, the Eagles, the World Cup, and fatherhood.

Dec 10, 2020

USA Rugby CEO Ross Young checks in with Alex Goff about the organization's new digs, new plans, and coming out of bankruptcy and COVID.

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Sep 2, 2020

A day after USA Rugby cleared a key hurdle in its bankruptcy reorganization, the NGB's CEO sat down with Alex Goff to discuss the challenges in getting there, what's next, and ... apologies?

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Aug 17, 2020

John Van Der Giessen was willing to travel the world to learn the game, and willing to go places emotionally not every play can go to in order to become an internationals.

Now successful in the business world, VDG talks with Bruce McLane about how he became an Eagle, who helped him along the way, and what lessons he learned.

Aug 13, 2020

Topo Rodriguez played prop for Argentina, Australia, and Tahiti, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest scrummagers ever.

He is also a sharp and critical thinker and pulls no punches in talking about problems and solutions for Australia, Argentina, and the USA, who he says should be a top-8 country in rugby.

Aug 11, 2020

Fred Paoli gets tough with the younger generation of players, USA Rugby, and anyone else who gets in his way as the great Eagle tighthead speaks with Bruce McLane.

Aug 8, 2020

It's part 2 of Bruce McLane's sit-down with one of the greatest USA rugby players ever, Gary Lambert, and he talks about rivalries, today's game, and has a little advice for young players.

Aug 7, 2020

This latest RuggaMatrix America Podcast sees Bruce Mclane sit down with an all-time great prop and an expert in the art of scrummaging (which is the name of his book): Enrique Topo Rodriguez.

Topo played prop for Argentina, Australia, the South American Jaguares, and late Tahiti. He pulls no punches in talking about the game, the politics within the game, and how to play the game right.

Aug 5, 2020

Gary Lambert was a force of nature for the USA in the 1980s and 1990s. The former White Plains product speaks with Bruce McLane about rugby, fishing, coaching, and more. This is a great show and it's only Part 1.

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Jul 26, 2020

Joan Ryan examines the science and the stories behind great team chemistry, a subject she details in her book: Intangibles.

Chiefly a writer about baseball, Ryan's explorations into what makes teams successful in the locker room translate to all sports. 

Jul 8, 2020

Bruce McLane brings in Mike Tolkin to chat with Phil Terrigno, Assistant Coach at Army West Point, to talk about an oft-overlooked area of the field—right in the middle.

How do you win the territory war between the ten-meter lines either side of halfway? Terrigno and Tolkin look at options, ideas, and tactics.

Jul 3, 2020

Olympic gold medal-winning shooter Lanny Bassham realized that his dream of a gold medal in the Olympics was dashed  in 1972 because he wasn't mentally disciplined. 

But he bounced back four years later after essentially creating his own mental control curriculum. That turned into a career, as Bassham became a mental training expert to athletes, CEOs, and the military. His insights are invaluable.

Jun 11, 2020

Tim Cluess does his first podcast with fellow Iona coach Bruce McLane. The hugely successful basketball coach—6 NCAA tournaments in 9 years—talks about personal tragedy, working hard, and building great teams and better human beings.

May 26, 2020
Simon Strachan speaks with Bruce McLane. Strachan and former Wallaby Ben Darwin founded Gainline Analytics and have worked with some of the most successful professional sports teams, in and out of rugby, in the world. Through their analytical approach to develop a Teamwork Index (TWI), Gainline uses data to track the what makes a sports team successful.

It's a data-driven approach to an often emotional problem, and fascinating listening. Learn more about Gainline Analytics at or on Twitter at @Glanalytics
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May 21, 2020

NSW Waratahs scrum coach Mark Bell talks Bruce McLane's language. He breaks down how to set up, bind, and drive in every position in the scrum. It's an audio masterclass in this crucial and unique aspect of play.

May 12, 2020

Rob Holder has won championships just about everywhere he has coached, but it's not about that. Holder's faith and how that faith directs his approach to coaching is what it's about.

In this episode Holder takes the lessons of the Sermon on the Mount in the Bible, and creates rugby coaching and teamwork lessons out of them. Love your enemy get the rugby treatment.

May 8, 2020

Blake Gilbert has played with the Coastal Dragons, Servite HS, and Rhino Rugby, and will be attending Saint Mary's in the fall. 

A smart, aggressive scrumhalf, Gilbert also has an intriguing perspective on what he gets out of rugby, and what he expects from coaches. Young players have expectations, too.

May 7, 2020

Brad Harrington has served as the Strength & Conditioning Coach for Australia, the Warratahs, the Scarlets, and Leinster.

He sits down with Bruce McLane to talk about preparing yourself to play at a high level, what effect emotion, team culture, passion, and the mental approach have on gettings yourself fit to play.

Got questions for Brad? DM him on Twitter at @bradharrington

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