Conditioning articles

Rugby coaching videos and resources from the world's best coaches and players on how train for conditioning, manage injuries and aid player recovery.

Fritz mistreatment, who is responsible?

Following a horrific head injury to Toulouse player Fritz against Racing Metro, read Graham Jenkins’ reaction to the clearly concussed player being allowed to return to play.

Coming soon - Eric Rush: 7s Conditioning

7s legend, Eric Rush takes a 30min conditioning session which will make sure you hurt on the grass and not the scoreboard

It can be a matter of life and death

We should be reminded that although sport is big business these days, there are more important things, such as life itself.


On rugby pitches around the world the IRB recommendation is regularly ignored.

Players will need time off from the Super 15 war zone

Coach John Plumtree should have a look in the Chiefs post match shed before he starts calling other conferences soft.

How I beat the pain to play in the World Cup final

Richie McCaw talks about the injury he picked up in World Cup year and shares his inside thoughts on how best to manage the recovery period.

Please, please read the IRB’s guide to concussion - it could save your life

Mark Reason says that the IRB has its head in the right place as it launches a new initiative to tackle concussion


It took me a couple of days to recover after our win over Australia at Eden Park. It was a hard physical test match – what you would literally call a bruising encounter – and without a high fitness level it would have taken me much longer to recover from the knocks…