The Acculturation Experiences of Elite Rugby Union Coaches

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Currently, little is known about how elite coaches acculturate and how they manage their acculturation environment. This study examines the acculturation experiences of elite rugby union coaches and their management of multicultural squads. Five male elite coaches participated in the research. Each of the five coaches arguably fit a “best of the best” criterion, boasting between them multiple European and U.K. domestic championships as well as multiple Super Rugby titles with similar accomplishments at the international level across 15- and seven-a-side. Inductive thematic analysis of semistructured interview data revealed two emerging themes: (a) proactively managing personal acculturation, and (b) proactively managing player acculturation. Implications for coaches managing their own acculturation experience and their respective acculturation environments are discussed.

Hall and Jones are with the Hong Kong Rugby Union, Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Hall, English, Westbury, and Martindale are with the Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Hall (hallaja@hotmail.com) is corresponding author.
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