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Strategies for Rugby Success: A Day with Saracens

A Day With Saracens - June 2019

Saracens have changed the face of Rugby success in Britain over the last ten years.  Through a unique approach, both on and off the field, with an emphasis on culture building alongside an innovative technical focus, they have distinguished themselves from other Premiership teams.  This has led to sustained success, and remarkable consistency of players and coaches over this period.

This is an unprecedented opportunity to discover the essence of the Saracens approach.  The emphasis will be on the key initiatives which have had the biggest impacts, and are transferable to the school game. The morning will focus on the off-field strategies that have developed over the years, and which the club believes are the unseen building blocks of so much of their success.  Leveraging environment, culture and teamship are the factors which drive successful teams at all levels, and specialist staff will demonstrate how these elusive dimensions can be achieved.

The afternoon will focus on the technical dimensions which are crucial to Saracens on field success.  This includes an innovative approach to kicking, ball recovery and defence.  Statistics show that these ostensibly unglamorous dimensions of the game have enormous impact on playing success, and have blurred the traditional lines between what constitutes attack and defence.  These are the points of difference that have been shown to underlie Saracens success.  The club’s specialist coaches will present the statistics that inform their strategy, and guide their focus” “These sessions will be illustrated…  These sessions will be illustrated by extensive video, and show the technical and tactical lessons that can be derived from analysis.

This will be a fascinating opportunity for coaches to gain an insight into the most contemporary thinking at the heart of one of the world’s most successful club Rugby stories. 



Session One: Alex Sanderson:

Engineering a successful Environment

  • The Reason Why: aligning a team’s main motivational drives
  • The Intangibles: Altruism and Longevity
  • The Tangibles: Data Analytics – Finding the Fix

Coffee Break 

Session Two: David Jones

Communication drives culture:

  • The importance of strong social connections
  • Relationships for performance
  • Exercises in building Social Capital

12.30 – Lunch

Session three: Dan Vickers

“Getting it Back”

  • Practical on-field strategies for dominating territory
  • Exit plans; defence into attack
  • The importance of the re-start

2.20pm – Coffee break

Session four: Alex Sanderson

“Try Scoring Defence”

  • Transition Defence
  • B.I.T.E. policy: Defensive Breakdown Policy
  • Cycle of wolfness - Strength of the pack


1 place £189 plus VAT

Seminar runs 10.00am – 3.30pm. Price includes lunch, refreshments and notes. Excludes VAT.


Alex Sanderson
Alex Sanderson

Alex is the Forwards and Defence coach at Saracens.  He has been in this role for ten years, during which the club has won the Premiership title four times and the European Champions Cup twice.  He was previously a player at Sale and Saracens, and won 5 England caps.

David Jones
David Jones

David is Head of Psychology, and the architect of the Saracens’ player “Personal Development Plans”.  He has developed innovative methods of building teamship to ensure psychological wellbeing and personal motivations amongst players.

Dan Vickers
Dan Vickers

Dan joined Saracens in 2006, and for the last six years has been Head Kicking Coach.  He is in charge of the kicking and ball recovery strategy at the club.  He is Owen Farrell’s kicking coach, and was previously full back with NSW Waratahs


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