Backyard Rugby with Clarence Picard & Alex Brussard
Welcome to the Backyard! Clarence Picard & Alex Brussard invite you to pull a up chair and talk some rugby. The crew will host weekly round tables, deep dives, and interviews with notable rugby names from the US and abroad.
info_outline Episode 40 - Talking World 10s with John Sullivan 10/08/2020
Episode 40 - Talking World 10s with John Sullivan The Big Easy is back! In late October and early November the island nation of Bermuda will be hosting the World 10s, featuring the Ohio Aviators along with seven other star studded teams. Former guest John Sullivan returns to talk about the Aviators roster and all that has gone into preparing for the international competition.
info_outline Episode 39 - Backyard Roundtable 10/06/2020
Episode 39 - Backyard Roundtable Clarence and Alex catch up after a week off. Alex begins working with his team at Tufts and discusses the recruiting process. Stay tuned on Thursday for an interview with John Sullivan before he leaves for the World Tens in Bermuda.
info_outline Episode 38 - Backyard Roundtable with Alex Peck 09/24/2020
Episode 38 - Backyard Roundtable with Alex Peck Award winning teacher and coach Alex "Ox" Peck joins us in the backyard to talk about "positive conditioning," how he connects with young students, and some other important advice for youth and high school level coaches. Keeping in the roundtable spirit, he also shares his expert Pro Wrestling XV. Enjoy!
info_outline Episode 37 - Backyard Interview with Nick Sylor 09/22/2020
Episode 37 - Backyard Interview with Nick Sylor Clarence and Alex are thrilled to welcome national champion and all-time tough guy Nick Sylor to the backyard. Nick talks about his transition from wrestling to rugby, helping establish success with St. Bonaventure and Rocky Gorge, and now coaching wrestling in Washington DC. Nick's thoughtful intensity makes an impact on the people around him and is a good listen for any coach or athlete.
info_outline Episode 36 - Injury Prevention & Physical Prep 09/17/2020
Episode 36 - Injury Prevention & Physical Prep As sports return, injuries become a reality once again. From bar league softball to the NFL, staying healthy is critical for athletes - and it's their coaches job to help with that physical preparation. Clarence and Alex talk about preparing for non-contact and collision injuries, and sprinkle in some other news.
info_outline Episode 35 - Men's World Cup in the USA? 09/15/2020
Episode 35 - Men's World Cup in the USA? With the Men's Rugby World Cup bidding process beginning for 2027 and 2031, rumors are flying that the United States will be in contention to host. Clarence and Alex talk about the likelihood of that happening, and also touch on some of their unpopular opinions, and other rugby news.
info_outline Episode 34 - Fudruckers, Professionalism and Practice Details 09/10/2020
Episode 34 - Fudruckers, Professionalism and Practice Details Clarence and Alex bounce around topics: Fudruckers closing, specifics of coaching the push pass, and the growth of rugby since it turned pro 25 years ago. Pull up a chair and join the chat.
info_outline Episode 33 - Backyard Roundtable Returns 09/08/2020
Episode 33 - Backyard Roundtable Returns The backyard crew is back to go around the horn on a variety of topics. Clarence talks about his plans for practice this week, Alex laments about his golf game and we even get into some US Open tennis coverage. Stay tuned as we transition to a Tuesday-Thursday release schedule for the fall.
info_outline Episode 32 - Interview with Kyle Ciquera 08/19/2020
Episode 32 - Interview with Kyle Ciquera Kyle Ciquera joins Clarence and Alex in the backyard to talk about his journey through the American rugby ranks. A big man on the field and a bigger personality off it, the New England Free Jacks prop known as "The Bald Eagle" has been around the world even though he is still early in his rugby development.
info_outline Episode 31 - Backyard Roundtable with CJ Maurer 08/17/2020
Episode 31 - Backyard Roundtable with CJ Maurer This episode covers it all. CJ Maurer is not only a former Atlantic 10 champion in swimming and diving, and an expert in jersey analysis, he is an experienced marketing professional and podcaster. We welcome previous guest Nick's brother to the backyard for an energetic episode. Our first non-rugby guest, CJ tells us how he would promote the sport, and how good he'd be playing it. Enjoy!
info_outline Episode 30 - Interview with John McElroy & Owain Rees 08/14/2020
Episode 30 - Interview with John McElroy & Owain Rees For 10 weeks we've had our guests say the growth of rugby starts with the kids - now we sit down with two guys who are making that happen. Union County (NJ) is one of the most successful youth flag and tackle programs in the country. Hear John McElroy and Owain Rees tell us about the club's roots and why it's been so successful.
info_outline Episode 29 - Deep Dive on Program Building (Winning Rugby) 08/12/2020
Episode 29 - Deep Dive on Program Building (Winning Rugby) After a gentle disclaimer about loving their players as people, Clarence and Alex bring the heat about the importance of winning on the field. We've covered building things the right way - but at the end of the day winning attracts the resources and support needed to make your program sustainable.
info_outline Episode 28 - Backyard Roundtable with Brad Naughton 08/10/2020
Episode 28 - Backyard Roundtable with Brad Naughton Classic dude Brad Naughton joins Clarence and Alex in the backyard for one of our most fun roundtables yet. We cover serious and light topics, including leadership and vision, plus fly fishing, drive in movies and road tripping. Lots of laughs and good stories too - pull up a chair and enjoy!
info_outline Episode 27 - Interview with Kevin McCorry 08/07/2020
Episode 27 - Interview with Kevin McCorry Kevin McCorry is an American rugby story. From backup on his high school team, to all-time leading scorer at St. Bonaventure, to now playing a major role in the success of Rugby ATL, McCorry has evolved right along with the American game itself. Join the backyard crew as McCorry talks about taking that leap of faith, and making his rugby dreams come true.
info_outline Episode 26 - Deep Dive on Program Building (Player Development) 08/05/2020
Episode 26 - Deep Dive on Program Building (Player Development) In the second episode of our series on program building, Clarence and Alex talk about player development, on and off the field. "You win with people," and that is at the heart of this episode. Right now culture is a popular topic, but we also double down on the importance of being precise when coaching each area of the game, giving athletes the best chance to succeed.
info_outline Episode 25 - Backyard Roundtable with Rachel Noone 08/03/2020
Episode 25 - Backyard Roundtable with Rachel Noone On this week's backyard rountable we welcome Rachel Noone - former St. Bonaventure women's rugby captain, current Buffalo fly half, and dog mom to Quincy the Aussie. We talk about growing the women's game, creativity (when it comes to Halloween costumes), and some questionable first-game decisions.
info_outline Episode 24 - Interview with Josh Macy 07/31/2020
Episode 24 - Interview with Josh Macy Clarence and Alex sit down with Josh Macy, head coach at Lindenwood University, to hear how he's found success while remaining humble and driven. From getting coaching reps out of the spotlight, to competing everyday in practice, Coach Macy knows how to get the most out of his teams. A must listen for every coach who wants to learn from the best.
info_outline Episode 23 - Deep Dive on Program Building (Building Relationships) 07/29/2020
Episode 23 - Deep Dive on Program Building (Building Relationships) It's one thing to win a game, or even have a winning season. But establishing a winning program over the years takes a lot of moving parts. In the first of three episodes on program building, Clarence and Alex discuss all the people and departments that need to come together at a college to establish long-term success. With a focus on embodying the school and representing your club on and off the field, the crew talks about step one on the journey to success.
info_outline Episode 22 - Backyard Roundtable with Bob Owens 07/27/2020
Episode 22 - Backyard Roundtable with Bob Owens This week's roundtable is high-energy as we welcome Bob Owens to the show. Founder and championship retriever trainer with Lone Duck Outfitters & Kennels, Bob is passionate about his rugby. The crew covers everything from taking risks on the field and in business, to Bob's all-dog XV.
info_outline Episode 21 - Looking Ahead 07/24/2020
Episode 21 - Looking Ahead We take a pause this Friday to thank our listeners for all their support, and look ahead to our next series of deep dives and interviews. We'll be getting into program building and technical skills in August and beyond. Be sure to send feedback and questions to Backyard Rugby Podcast on Facebook, and @backyard_rugby on Twitter.
info_outline Episode 20 - Backyard Roundtable with Sam Giordano 07/22/2020
Episode 20 - Backyard Roundtable with Sam Giordano In this week's roundtable, we welcome a man who is no stranger to hanging in the backyard - Sam Giordano. We cover a variety of topic including listener questions. What did Sam learn as a college club president? What makes for a great rugby tour? What's the ideal pair of shoes for Clarence? All this and more!
info_outline Episode 19 - Interview with Ryan Brennan 07/20/2020
Episode 19 - Interview with Ryan Brennan In our most important interview yet, we welcome Ryan Brennan to the backyard. Many know Ryan as someone who battled post-concussion syndrome for years, but that doesn't define who he is. A free spirit and true artist, Ryan takes us through his road to recovery, what he's learned from dance and music, and some important keys to life. This is a must listen not only for rugby coaches and players, but anyone going through personal challenges.
info_outline Episode 18 - Interview with Brandon Sparks 07/17/2020
Episode 18 - Interview with Brandon Sparks One of the unsung leaders in American rugby, Brandon Sparks is a coach and leader who puts his time and money where his mouth is. From founding Legacy Rugby Academy, to coaching Seattle Seawolves to the inaugural Major League Rugby title, and now in the front office with Utah Warriors, Sparks is all about opening doors for his athletes. If you support the growth of rugby in the USA, this interview is a must listen!
info_outline Episode 17 - Deep Dive into Gameplay 07/15/2020
Episode 17 - Deep Dive into Gameplay In the final Deep Dive of our opening series, Clarence and Alex talk about gameplay and how you plan your overall strategy. Whether it's a spread/pod system, loose framework, or support shape, the crew focus on playing to your strengths as a team and as a coach. Bringing together the themes from the previous Deep Dives on vision, space, principles and communication, we try to tie all the pieces together as you prepare for your season.
info_outline Episode 16 - Backyard Roundtable with Scott Thomas 07/13/2020
Episode 16 - Backyard Roundtable with Scott Thomas Scott Thomas joins the Backyard crew all the way from sunny San Diego. A long time coach and leader at University of San Diego - and BC High teammate of Alex - we talk about our favorite lifts, the East Coast vs West Coast differences in rugby, and more. Pull up a chair and join the convo!
info_outline Episode 15 - Interview with Tom Clark 07/10/2020
Episode 15 - Interview with Tom Clark The crew welcomes Tom Clark to the Backyard to discuss one of the most important roles in rugby - club and tour management. TC is a man who has worn many hats in his rugby career, from high school coach, academy manager, and college director of rugby. The guys discuss mentorship, organization, and much more.
info_outline Episode 14 - Deep Dive on Communication 07/08/2020
Episode 14 - Deep Dive on Communication "Guys, we gotta communicate better!" This common phrase can be one of the most loaded statements in rugby. Clarence and Alex talk about what good communication means, the various aspects of communication, and how it can be the difference between good and great teams. Listen in and let us know what you think!
info_outline Episode 13 - Backyard Roundtable featuring Nick Maurer 07/06/2020
Episode 13 - Backyard Roundtable featuring Nick Maurer Clarence and Alex welcome Nick Maurer to the Backyard for a quick-hitting roundtable on crossover athletes coming to rugby. We discuss comments made by NFL punter Marquette King, the best sport to transfer to rugby, and some athletes we'd love to see on the field. Pull up a chair and join the discussion!
info_outline Episode 12 - Interview with Kareem Afifi 07/02/2020
Episode 12 - Interview with Kareem Afifi Kareem Afifi joins Clarence & Alex in the Backyard to talk about his journey through the coaching ranks. Coach K has worked with athletes in the Boston-area from high school to professional levels, and everything in between. Hear what he has learned along the way.
info_outline Episode 11 - Deep Dive into Defensive Principles 07/01/2020
Episode 11 - Deep Dive into Defensive Principles Continuing the conversation from Episode 8, Clarence and Alex discuss their views on the core principles of defensive play. Using communication to tie everything together, the guys talk about a simple approach to stopping tries and stealing the ball. As we know - defense wins championships!