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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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

Apr 29, 2020

Bill Ard won a Super Bowl with the New York Giants in the 1980s, and returns to RMA to talk about superstar players, whether special treatment from coaches is a good thing, draft scouting, and team cohesion.

All of this translates nicely to how any group in a team sport, especially rugby, can find success.

Apr 24, 2020

Longtime All Blacks assistant Aussie McLean talks to Bruce McLane about developing players in their positions, finding that gen of an athlete, and adjusting to new ways of playing the game.

McLean has seen a lot, and he lets us see it too.

Apr 21, 2020

Rugby stalwarts (they coach the Dallas Reds and with Atlantis) Lynn and Chris Howard discuss the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Lynn Howard holds an MD from LSU with specialties in Virology, Epidemiology, and Reproductive Endocrinology. She has dealt with the World Health Organization and worked in Africa on infectious diseases. Chris Howard has a PhD in Biochemistry. 

Both have recovered from COVID-19.

They break down myths and statistical errors regarding COVID-19, what really works to defend against it, how it started, when it really started, and who is responsible for it. It's a must-listen show.

Apr 19, 2020

Canadian rugby legend Aaron Carpenter is now coaching with the Ontario Arrows in MLR and he brings his unique experience of 80 caps with Canada and as a longtime professional to his coaching.

Apr 19, 2020

Outspoken Head Coach of Iowa Central CC, Brent Nelson, talks about building his varsity program at the Tritons.

Nelson talks about recruiting, building a team, educational decision-making, and what happened when ICCC was moved from D2 to D1AA mid-season.

Apr 16, 2020

Longtime coach Paule Barford, who coached the Ohio Aviators in PRO Rugby, coached at Cornell, and with the HS All Americans, has some thoughts when it comes to teaching the game, and running the game on the national level.

How do you teach game awareness? How do you run high performance? What are the key fundamentals of the American game? How is Major League Rugby not doing the job for the Eagles? Barford speaks.

Apr 14, 2020

Lindenwood University men's Head Coach Josh Macy talks about building the program at AIC, and then taking over at Lindenwood.

What do you do to fix your depth chart? How do you balance being a fun coach and a tough coach? Is there such a thing as too much sevens? 

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