Tom Billups is one of the leading rugby minds in the United States. He started his rugby career in college and since has played for the USA Eagles in 7's and test rugby as well as playing professionally in New Zealand, the U.S. and Great Britain. After haning up his boots, Billups coached the USA Eagles and is currently assistant coach at the University of California – Berkeley.
Rugby has long been thought of as a 'gentlemans sport' to those who play the game but many on the outside only hear horror stories of foul play and Rugby Rugby's Tom Billups talks about the beauty of the sport.
The scrum has long been a source of distinction in our sport and requires a team effort to be successful. Rugby Rugby’s Tom Billups takes a look at the scrum and urges teams to train to improve their scrum and advises to avoid social loafing in the scrum.
The position of the flyhalf is critical to properly directing and launching the next phase of attacking rugby and Rugby Rugby ‘s Tom Billups answers a readers question on the best positioning for this important position.
One of the frequently overlooked aspects to rugby training is to have a good plan established before you start. A good plan helps the coach or team manager identify the assets and liabilities of the individual players and the team and develop techniques to overcome them.
With Memorial Day on Monday May 25, Rugby Rugby’s takes a second to take his focus off rugby and to the upcoming holiday reminded readers to remember the sacrifices made by the men and women of our military for our freedom, pointing to one such soldier, Captain Humbert “Rocky” Versace.
The performance analyst is increasingly being turned to in rugby to breakdown the finer points of the game and help players and teams improve and Rugby Rugby’s Tom Billups spoke with a pioneer in video analysis systems, Welshman Jon Moore.
I have had the opportunity to watch dozens of hookers play this season witnessing many different throwing mechanics and Rugby Rugby's Tom Billups gives his suggestions on how the mechanics should work.
I recently fielded a handful of questions from a former player who is in his first year coaching club rugby in the South. During our communications, he expressed a strong desire to improve as a coach and asked for suggestions of how to improve and Rugby Rugby's Billups gave these suggestions.
There are several elements tied directly to whether a rugby team reaches it’s potential. In my humble opinion, the most important of these elements is the desire to play hard.
Rugby is a physical game and Rugby Rugby's Tom Billups talks about the need for ALL teams to have a basic medical injury plans at matches and training sessions.
The USA Sevens was held recently in San Diego and was a fantastic weekend of sevens rugby. The United States team did better than it has ever previously done, and each and every match offered something for an implicit learner. Implicit learning occurs in sport when athletes learn from observing elite athletes prepare and compete
Communication is very important to a rugby team's success and Rugby Rugby's Tom Billups breaks it down.
Rugby Rugby's Tom Billups is fortunate to have many friends around the rugby world who are experts in their field. Once such friend is Phil Wagner, M.D. and Billups spoke to him about rugby.
Scott Compton has been there and done that in world rugby and Rugby Rugby's Tom Billups sat down with the former media manager of the New Zealand All Blacks.
As a follow up to the recent column posting regarding fitness testing and my recommendation of the 1,000 meter shuttle run as a reliable fitness test, I wanted to offer one of my more popular Interval Speed Endurance (ISE) workouts.
Gilbert has released a new line of rugby cleats. The Gilbert Virtuo 8S is part of the exciting new product. Check it out.
The entire All Blacks apparel line has been updated for 2013/14. Check out the New Zealand All Blacks polo.
The Nike Tiempo is a solid rugby cleat and one of few styles still made from full-grain natural leather.
The Gilbert Blitz 8S rugby cleat is a great cleat at a great price of $69.99. Get a new pair of cleats today.
A cool looking all black rugby cleat with the high performance adidas is known for. Get in the Gear!
Wear the crest of the British and Irish Lions on your t-shirt. A great look for the summer.
The All Blacks Performance t-shirt is black with hints of blue from the training jersey. Very Cool.
The New Zealand All Blacks training jersey for 2013/14. Get in the Gear!
The USA Rugby Pro Alternate rugby jersey is perfect for any fan of the Eagles. Get yours to wear during the summer Test matches.
The NEW All Blacks 2013/14 jersey has arrived at World Rugby Shop. Dare to wear the colors of the All Blacks.