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Dave Ellis ex Blues Super Rugby and Connacht Pro 12 coach

About Dave Ellis

Following age-grade representative rugby, Dave became a passionate Coach specialising in skills.

As Director of Ellis Rugby, he is a consultant coach with over 28 years in player skill development and a strong background in coach education.

Dave is internationally recognised for the creation of a unique coloured coaching system and aids designed to enhance progressive skill development.


Coaching Career:

  • 2016-2018: Blues Super Rugby, NZ
  • 2013-2016: Connacht Pro-12, Ireland
  • 2012: Toowoomba Grammar
  • 2000-2012: International Rugby Academy, NZ
  • 2000-2012: NZRU Resource Coach, NZ
  • 2000-2012: Black Ferns Analyst, NZ
  • 2000-2012: US Rugby Resource Coach
  • 1988-2000: Various coaching roles in Australia, Canada and the USA

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Dave Ellis's latest articles

Breakdown Policy - Do You Have One?

What is a breakdown policy and Why should you have one? In his latest article, Ellis-Rugby Analyst Dave Ellis explains how England’s Breakdown policy was more effective than the All Blacks in their RWC semi final.

Options - Are they in your attack plan?

Teams who want to develop their attacking game need to have multiple options in their attack plan. The complexity of your plan depends on your personnel and the level of the competition you are playing in. Analyst Dave Ellis (Ellis Rugby), looks at an example of a whole team attack shape "Aussie Box’, and its options, that can be used at every level of the game.

Space - the final frontier

Finding space on the field – all 6969 sqm of space and that is not including the in goal, is a challenge for most rugby teams at all levels. Ex Blues and Connacht coach Dave Ellis provides some insights into what is ‘space’, where to find it and how to exploit it.

Bending the Line

‘Bending the line’ in an attack. Analyst Dave Ellis has been intrigued by the term and what it means to an Attack. He details in this weeks article.