Coach Paul Keeler who has been the head coach for numerous rugby programs including Golden Gate Rugby Club, Santa Clara University and was recently tapped to lead the first Professional team in San Francisco. As a full time coach, he shared with me that in a given week, he watches anywhere from 60-70 hours of rugby footage available on numerous cable outlets. What he is able to gain is a deeper understanding of the game as well as nuances of law and growing trends. He highly recommended all of his players to watch as much rugby as possible! This is something he felt strongly would help anyone become a better player, coach or referee.
So, my “homework” for all the student athletes out there is to try to watch at least one or two professional matches a month. Many can be found on stations like NBC Universal or even by doing a quick search on youtube. Simply watching more rugby will help improve your game!