Following representative rugby (over 300 first grade games in various countries), I took up coaching, specialising in skills. I now have over 30 years experience in player skill development and coach education. I've worked with some of the best international players and coaches in the world, and in all corners of the globe.
Recent Professional Roles:
Assistant Coach/Skills Coach, Blues Super Rugby, (2016-2018)
Assistant Coach/Skills Coach, Connacht Rugby Pro12, (2013-2016)
International Rugby Academy Skills Coach and Course Facilitator, (2000-2020)
Dave's online webinars offer coaches and players the ability to "zoom in" for presentations and discussions on all aspects of rugby. Each webinar is restricted to 30 participants, allowing for open questioning and interactive discussion following the presentation. Attended by coaches worldwide the "gold" is often found in the open sharing as coaches at all levels compare experiences and offer solutions.
PRACTICAL SKILLS SESSIONS
Contact Dave for information on upcoming skills sessions or contract coaching rates.
pre-season or in-season skill development
backs and skills coaching
developing a skills programme
coach mentoring and education
customised coaching programmes for clubs/schools
one-on-one player development
MENTORING & NETWORKS
Talk to to Dave about his professional services in coach education and mentoring.
The Coaches Corner is an open forum for coaches at all levels to share ideas and opinions on recent pro rugby matches and take those learnings into their own environments.
Coaches Viewpoint gives you a forum to present your ideas to the rugby world.
"Dave Ellis has the unique ability to successfully coach players as well as coaches. His videos are excellent quality and produced in a way that are easy to follow and understand while being incredibly informative and educational. Dave makes rugby a simple game to play and coach."
Jeff Watt NSW Country U 18s Head Coach
"I’ve been doing every webinar Dave has offered for approx. 1 1/2 yrs. His knowledge and topics are great for any coach. I feel like everyone are pals on the chats as he is genuine and leaves no question or thought unanswered. I literally get excited for each session because I always get some gold."
Jack Bukowski USA
"I first met Dave a few years back in New Zealand, since them I have attended a number of his webinars and coach education sessions.
He has a great knowledge of the game and he has an outstanding ability to explain skills and concepts in plain english."
Andrew 'Bully' Shaw - Assistant Coach Powerhouse Rugby Club (Melbourne Aust) Forwards Coach Melbourne Rebels U16
I’ve done a number of Dave’s webinars over the last year. They have always been well organised and full of great content for coaches of all levels. I enjoyed learning from Dave’s experience given he has coached in both hemispheres but also meeting and building relationships with others in the rugby community.
Peter - Ireland
Dave Ellis has been tremendous in my development as a coach. It is obvious from the first moment how I could improve what I was doing. The focus on skills has made me a better coach and that has paid dividends on the field. I can coach rugby without Dave and his teachings, but I coach a brand of rugby I love with his help.
Renaldo Arroyo - Kern County RFC Head Coach - Bakersfield, CA, USA
These webinars offer a lot of detail & depth into the different aspects of rugby. Dave shares his knowledge on tactics, technique & strategy. What is very good about the webinas, Dave gives examples of skills and drills that are applicable to every level of rugby. These webinars have had a real impact on my training & matches! Thank you Dave!!!
Dirk Volckaerts - Belgium