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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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
Bookings for their Webinar Series can be made via the website and subscriptions to their e-newsletter can also be made from the website.
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? 

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.

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