Skills Training (The Honan Drills) is based on a set of 12
essential drills designed to improve the skill level of every player,
from 1 to 15.
First released in 1992 and now used by thousands of
coaches worldwide, "The Honan Drills" (as they've become
known) in Rugby Skills Training remain as relevant and useful today
as when they were first released.
Barry Honan's coaching philosophy has always been
to concentrate on the skills of the game and to make players aware
of what can be achieved once a thorough knowledge of the game is
acquired and its skills mastered.
Every coach will get something from the
material contained in this skills coaching package.
The heart of the coaching package is the set
of 12 drills which form "the drill sequence".
Each drill of the sequence is designed to be performed
by every player in a team irrespective of position.
Through constant practice, the team's performance
as a whole will improve markedly.
The drills develop mental skills as well as physical
ones. Sequencing the drills and performing them correctly and at
pace requires great concentration over an extended period of time.
This is precisely the coaching environment in which
the higher level skills such as urgency, awareness, teamwork, option-taking
and the like are developed.
Rugby Skills Training originally came as a kit
consisting of a coaching manual, a video and laminated on-field
cards. The program has now been remastered into a computer
based multimedia program with the same feel and ease of use as Digirugby.
- Each drill is clearly explained in
words and diagrams
- A standards chart enables coaches to
rate their team's skills performances
- A list of the specific skills involved
in the drills is clearly explained, as are the
points for coaches to emphasise when working on each drill
- There are also numerous, fully-explained
additional drills and exercises to further develop the skills
on which each drill is focused.
author of Rugby Skills Training, former Wallaby Barry Honan, has
a passion for rugby coaching and for developing skilful players.
Barry has a deeply felt belief that above all
Rugby should be a game of skill and that a coach has an obligation
to develop these skills in his players to the highest possible degree.
Barry has had a distinguished career both as a player
and a coach.
In recent years, Barry has conducted coaching sessions in numerous
rugby centres throughout Australia as well as in Japan, Singapore,
The United States, Hong Kong, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland,
New Zealand, Argentina, and South Africa.
Over the years his advice has been sought by numerous International
and provincial coaches - John Connolly, Grant Batty (Queensland),
Bob Templeton, Rod MacQueen, Jake Howard (Australia), Jim Telfer
(Scotland), Harry Viljoen, Jake White, Alan Solomons (South Africa),
Tony Gilbert, Wayne Smith (New Zealand) - to name just a few.