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Colin Hillman's Expert Guide to Sevens

The ultimate sevens resource

Practical guidance from rugby sevens legends... ideal for new and experienced coaches alike. (Coaching Manual PDF version).


Coaching Manuals (PDF)

Age: 8 -11, 11-16, Adult
Skill level: Improver, Advanced

Full Description

Covering attack, defence, tactics, set pieces, training, match management and the laws, this book is chock-full of “trade secrets” from leading coaches and sevens specialists:

  • Mike Friday (England).
  • Gordon Tietjens (New Zealand).
  • Ben Ryan (England).
  • Paul John (Wales).
  • Paul Treu (South Africa).
  • Joe Lydon (England).
  • Stephen Gemmell (Scotland).
  • Russell Earnshaw (England).
  • Liam Middleton (Zimbabwe).
  • John Elliot (England).
  • Billy Millard (Australia).


From easy-to-implement training ideas to match-winning tactics, Colin Hillman’s Expert Guide to Sevens is bursting with golden tips. It includes dedicated chapters on:

  • Attack.
  • Defence.
  • Match tactics.
  • Set pieces.
  • Training.
  • Coaching a tournament.
  • Team management.
  • The Laws.


With clear illustrations and instructions throughout, it is the complete guide for the novice and experienced coach alike. 

Inspired by and dedicated to Colin Hillman

While writing this book, Colin Hillman sadly passed away. Colin was one of the great unsung heroes of sevens. Such was the respect for him around the world, that we were inundated by coaches offering to help us finish his guide. We thank them all for their help and are proud to publish this book in memory of Colin Hillman.  

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