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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Apr 13, 2020

Former USA Men's 15s Head Coach Mike Tolkin looks at what kind of stats and analysis you should track as a coach.

Apr 12, 2020

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.

Apr 9, 2020

Former Collegiate All American Brendan O'Meara is coaching at Saint Mary's, and he shares the Saint Mary's way with Bruce McLane.

It's a detailed look into how to use all your players to put the opposition under pressure.

Apr 7, 2020

Bruce McLane talks with his former player and former USA Eagle Hall and his wife, Sarah Hall.

Hall Consultants works with rugby players to make them more successful through better nutrition and better mental preparation.

If you want to know more about Hall Consultants and their services, go to and for the direct link to their Wellness Membmership, go to:

You can also email Troy Hall with any questions at:

Apr 6, 2020

Defensive coaching specialist Scott Lawrence, now Head Coach at Rugby ATL in Major League Rugby, talks with Bruce McLane about defense.

If first-phase is a prime attacking opportunity, how do you shut it down?

How do you exploit the different defensive skills of your different players?

Lawrence breaks it all down in a can't-miss episode.

Apr 5, 2020

Former New York Giant Super Bowl-winner Bill Ard talks about the Grateful Dead, the best football player he ever saw, and the making of a championship team.

Part 2 of his conversation with Bruce McLane.

Apr 5, 2020

Cal Head Coach Jack Clark sits down with Alex Goff to talk about how his team handled the COVID-19 shutdown. Clark and Goff also look at how some aspects of rugby have changed over the years, including how the college season has changed.

Then Clark has some choice words on where the college game is going, and how more programs can get better.

Apr 4, 2020

Billy Ard won a Super Bowl with the New York Giants, and talks elite sports and building a team with Bruce McLane.

Apr 3, 2020

From D1A College Rugby and the College Rugby Association of America, Paul Keeler talks to Alex Goff about how a new governance model for college rugby in the USA will look.

What will college rugby look like after USA Rugby's reorganization? Will DIAA, NIRA, DI Elite, and Sevens have a home? 

Apr 2, 2020

One of the shining lights of the US rugby team is AJ MacGinty, who chats with his former coach, Bruce McLane, about attacking rugby.

MacGinty plays professionally for Sale and is also coaching in his spare time. He ranks 2nd all-time in points scored for the USA, and remains the field general of the USA attack.

Apr 1, 2020

Skills, learning to execute skills perfectly while physically drained, and demanding the most of yourself as an athlete. Doug Brown won Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings and he knows a bit about rugby, too.

His lessons cross all sports boundaries.

Mar 31, 2020

Former USA Men's 15s Head Coach Mike Tolkin looks at the still-incomplete world of statistical measurement and analysis in rugby. 

Mar 31, 2020

Eamonn Hogan sits with Bruce McLane for Part Two, as he talks about letting coaches and players find the right path for them.

Mar 29, 2020

Longtime coach Eamonn Hogan talks about what lessons coaches learned as professional rugby came to the USA. The only overseas coach employed in PRO Rugby, Hogan has a special insight into how the game and the players have developed over the last few years.

Mar 26, 2020

Bruce McLane talks rugby and coaching with George Skivington, former captain of London Irish and now the team's Forwards Coach.

Skivington led the England Saxons to a 2010 Churchill Cup win, and players professionally for London Irish, Saracens, London Wasps, and Leicester Tigers. 

Mar 25, 2020

Former USA National Team psychologist Dr. Steve Durant is now the sports psychologist to the Boston Bruins and Boston Red Sox, and he talks with Bruce McLane about what he has learned as a former rugby player, and as a leader in the sports psychology field.

Part 2 of 2.

Mar 25, 2020

Former USA National Team psychologist Dr. Steve Durant is now the sports psychologist to the Boston Bruins and Boston Red Sox, and he talks with Bruce McLane about what he has learned as a former rugby player, and as a leader in the sports psychology field.

Part 1 of 2.

Mar 23, 2020

Former England women's national team Head Coach Graham Smith talks about coaching the coach, the difference between player-centric and player-focused coaching, and how he built a World Cup winner with the England Women's Team.

Mar 21, 2020

Former USA 7s and 15s player Tui Osborne discuses culture, preparation, and leadership with Bruce McLane.

Osborne was a national champion in 7s and also an Eagle, before helping coach Life University to a national collegiate title. He is now Head Coach at St. Bonaventure.

Mar 19, 2020

Bruce Mclane and Mike Tolkin decided they didn't get into quite enough detail in their first sit-down, so they sat down again and went over attack options and ideas, including specific roles for specific players.


Mar 18, 2020

Mike Tolkin, who has coached the USA Men's National Team, RUNY, and Xavier HS, sits down with his old friend Bruce McLane to talk coaching.

This show covers a wide range of issues, including exits, attack philosophy, set-piece launching, and some psychology. 

Mar 14, 2020

Longtime Atlantis coach Biddy Boyle joins Alex and, more importantly, Bruce, to talk coaching, bringing players together, and the deep, deep philosophy of creating something out of nothing.

Rugby on an outbreak hiatus? OK, let's talk coaching with the experts.

Mar 6, 2020

Alex and Bruce talk about the LA 7s and how big a deal it is, and then they talk about other big deals, like the supposed death of club rugby (woe, didn't see that coming).

Feb 14, 2020

MLR opened up its third season with a game in Las Vegas, three new teams, of which two won, and Bruce and Alex look at what approach puts the pieces together the quickest.

And ... what's a Gilgroni?

Jan 16, 2020

Bruce McLane holds forth with Alex Goff about the fallacy that the college-All Americans-Eagles pathway is THE way.

Players from American colleges are outnumbered on the US National Team. That doesn't mean college rugby isn't meaningful, it is, but this brings up several questions as to whether we look at the right players, coaches, pathways, and ideas. Mclane has opinions.

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