The Gain Line – With Lee Smith
Rugby analysis and training that gets results

THE GAIN LINEwith Lee Smith

Our programme is the basis of all World Rugby coaching courses and continues to be the model adopted by the New Zealand Rugby Union.

Level up your coaching​

taking your coaching to the next level​

Boost your team’s performance with help from one of New Zealand’s most experienced high-level coaching advisors. Lee Smith’s thorough and methodical approach to rugby coaching allows you to lay out the path for your team to reach its potential.

Success and gains are the reward of those who plan – don’t leave your team’s results to chance. Systematic analysis and planning are at the core of the Gainline’s philosophy.

Step by step, Lee’s books guide you to greater skill and strategy in your rugby. His methods have stood the test of time and have been used for many years by national and international rugby teams.

This is not a one-size-fits-all approach – each resource is designed so that you can personalise it to your athletes, your team culture, and your sporting context.

The Gainline’s range of coaching resources continues to grow as Lee puts years of experience working with top-level rugby teams – including the All Blacks – onto paper. All his wisdom is at your fingertips.

If you’re ready to take your coaching and team management to the next level, you’ll find what you need here.

The books

About Lee Smith

“The course provides coaches with sound coaching and analytical methods to optimise team performance. This has been due to Lee Smith’s leadership, open mindedness and his continual drive to improve. I recommend the course as a sound foundation for all coaches who have high performance coaching aspirations.”

Sir Graham Henry
All Blacks Coach 2004-2011

More testimonials

e-Books available

See the coaching books on offer, and an autobiography that tells the story of Lee Smith.

Training Guide

Plan to Perform

A comprehensive, step-by-step guide for rugby coaches at all levels. Learn from international coaching expert Lee Smith as he guides you and your team to reach your potential.



The Diaries are designed to be your companion through the season. With tips & advice from one of the sport’s coaching greats, the Diaries work in tandem with Plan to Perform to guide you to your best coaching, playing or managing performance.



The Coaching workbooks build on specific skills already covered in Plan to Perform, but diving deep into the technicalities with step-by-step instructions & diagrams.

Brought Up on the Flat
– An Autobiography –

Brought up on the Flat is the story of a rugby-obsessed Kiwi growing up in Dunedin and making his way through the ranks of rugby to influence the game around the world.

An eBook

An eBook