Rugby Coaches' Corner


Coaching News

On Sunday 5th December we ran our first Pirates Coacharee course. Ten of our volunteer coaches spent the day at the North Plaza Pitches working with our very own Jason Broderick to learn and develop their skills as mini's referees. It was brilliant to see the continued dedication that our parent coaches are putting into the club. This continued effort is only making the coaching and playing experience of all of our players go from strength to strength.

Please join me in congratulating the following parent coaches who are now fully qualified Coacherees.

Colin Batchelor
Denny Hones
Vikrant Ganeriwal
Daniel Monterosso
Brandon Ross
Andrew Ryder
Linda Sim
Lyndon Morant
Alistair Williams

A special mention also to Chris Pierce and his Under 12 girls team. It was great for our coaches to put into practice all of the new skills that they learnt this term.

Merry Christmas!
Simon Tasker

Useful Coaching Resources

Rugby Training Session Plan – TEMPLATE

Rugby Training Session Plan – SAMPLE

Rugby Coaches Development Document

Thinking of Becoming a Referee?

The HKRU have some Level 1 referee courses lined up in the next few months which they would like to invite all interested DB Pirate players, coaches, and other members of the community to attend.


There are many benefits to being a referee including:

  • Senior players looking to finish their playing days may be looking for a way to stay fit, active, and involved in rugby
  • Current players can referee as well as play. Coaches can referee and coach too!
  • Taking the course will build the relationship and understanding between referees and players
  • Players will get a better understanding of the rules and can become better players on the pitch
  • Coaches will get a better understanding of the rules and can incorporate this into their training sessions


Please use the link provided below to register for Level 1 course during the summer.

If you are interested in the L1 referee, please contact, or let the one of the following club reps know:

Head of Minis – Lawrence Wilkinson

Head of Youth – Fred Basquin

Head of Rugby – Simon Tasker


Dates & Location

Cantonese Level 1 for U13-19 and Adult rugby - Saturday 01 August

English Level 1 for U13-19 and Adult rugby - Saturday 08 August

English Level 1 for U11/12 rugby - Sunday 27 September and Sunday 18 October.




Videos and More Information

For more information please watch these fantastic videos created by the HKRU to detailing the L1 course.

or visit their Instagram

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The HKRU will be running a U8 and L1 rugby coaching course in Discovery Bay


Dates & Location

U8 course – 1st Aug

L1 Course - 22nd Aug

Both courses will take place in Discovery Bay with exact location TBD



U8 – Please send your interest to Head of Minis by Monday 27th July.

Lawrence Wilkinson –


L1 course – Please send your interest to Head of Rugby by Friday 14th Aug

Simon Tasker –

The L1 course is open to anyone 14 years and above and all players and aspiring coaches are welcomed to attend. Places are limited but we also want as many people to attend as possible, so hurry and register your interest.

HKRU E-learning Academy

A one stop-shop for all your coaching needs from U6 right up to U19. The e-learning academy provides you with an in-depth curriculum of season plans, session plans, skill games and plenty of tools you need to run a team from pre-season through to post season. Everything is broken down by age group and each resource or tool is tailored to each specific age group. There are plenty of video demos so you can visualise your sessions as you plan for them. All material is available for download and you pick and mix the skills you need. Highly recommended for all coaches to use throughout the season.

Course Links

Rugby Ready Course
– Free to register

The Rugby Ready programme is intended to raise awareness of good practice and help coaches manage the inherent risks of a contact sport by putting appropriate safeguards in place. The Rugby Ready web site is a powerful online resource that you can register to use for free. You can use the site to build, refresh and test your knowledge of the physical aspects of the Game. The self-assessment programme comprises 18 good-practice modules. This is a must for all coaches especially those new to coaching rugby.

Concussion Management
– Free to register

A range of head injury and concussion educational resources to suit all stakeholders. Learn online through our interactive modules and take the online test to access your certificate.


World Rugby Level 1 Course

The Level 1 course is for coaches wishing to coach of a group of players working under the guidance of a head coach, coaching co-ordinator, or Union scheme. The core of the Level 1 course is equipping you to prepare and deliver a session of your own.

14 years of age, completion of Rugby Ready Course

Run by HKRU Educators

World Rugby Level 2 Course

This course is for coaches wishing to coach of a group or team of players, e.g. club youth coach, club coach, teacher, representative coach, talent development coach. This course is designed to provide coaches with the skills needed to coach teenage and adult players in the club or school environment (in major Unions). It aims to develop coaches who know 'how' to coach as well as 'what' to coach.

Be actively coaching a team, over 18 years of age, complete Rugby Ready and Laws of the Game course online, Complete a 6-session diary.


Simon Tasker

Simon Tasker

Head Coach - Rugby

Simon Tasker has been part of the Discovery Bay Pirates Rugby Club for close to 8 years. He began his coaching career as the Head coach for Pirates U16 boys and moved onto being the Head coach for the U14-U16 Pirates girls team for 2 seasons. Simon became the Head coach of the Pirates Men's Senior XV in 2016 and has successfully developed and grown the section since his arrival. 

Simon comes from a strong rugby background having played across the age grades in Hong Kong. He spent 8 seasons with CWB and HKS as a member of their men's premiership teams. He has been capped 12 times at Hong Kong "A" level, and has won 4 full caps with the Hong Kong national team. 
Outside of Hong Kong, he has played with various national level clubs in the UK, and has also represented Leicestershire at County level. 
As the Head of Rugby, he aims to unify the sections across the club and create a club ethos built around trust, integrity, passion, discipline and teamwork. Equally as important is his mission grow and drive the rugby section forward in the Hong Kong rugby community and to make the DB Pirates the premier rugby club for the Lantau community.  
Outside of Rugby Simon has been a member of the Discovery Bay community since 1994 and is married with two children. He is a keen sportsman with a passion for health and fitness and when he isnt on the rugby pitch Simon is a secondary school Economics teacher.

Coaching requirements, qualifications and training

First Aid
All head coaches are required to attend a first aid course prior to start of the season

Minis (Non-contact)
All coaches must attend and complete a Rugby Ready Course prior to start of the season.

Minis (Contact)
All coaches must have completed a Rugby Ready course and are working towards a World Rugby Level 1 accreditation.

Youth & Seniors
All coaches must possess a World Rugby Level 1 accreditation. Coaches for U16 and above are highly encouraged to be working towards a World Rugby Level 2 accreditation

Drop in sessions

An opportunity for 2 or 3 coaches to come and watch/help-out one of the pro coaches during a training session.

Dates and times will be posted in Team Snap or via Pirate Mail.