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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 from the University of Scranton.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Former USA Men's 15s Head Coach Mike Tolkin looks at what kind of stats and analysis you should track as a coach.
Now coaching in Japan, New Zealand-born coach Milton Haig is best known for his work with the Georgia National Team and their strong performances in the Rugby World Cup.
Haig speaks with Bruce McLane about the universal language of rugby, coaching without preconceived notions, and also how to build a game plan from a simple framework.
Haig embraced Georgian culture and made them one of the best teams in Europe. During his tenure from 2012 to 2019 Georgia won 58 of their 91 test matches and winning the Rugby Europe Grand Slam five times.