01/13/2019 | Rugby drills

VIDEO: Tackle, change feet

Develop good footwork in the last few steps before the tackle. First, to power into a tackle situation, and then to adjust as the tackle target moves either to the left or the right. This activity uses low-impact outcomes with tackle tubes to focus on the technical aspects of the skill. MORE

Mini tag

11/13/2018 | Email Newsletters

Four fun games for mini tag (and older players...

Need to inject some new ideas in training. Sometimes the old games have run their course. Well, for the time being anyway. Here are some fun games which are quick to set-up and, with few rules, give the players new challenges. Though they are primarily aimed at mini-tag, you can easily adapt them for older players. I think you find the energy generated quite uplifting. MORE

08/28/2018 | Mini tag

Guide to coaching U7s and tag rugby

Participation and fun are the core outcomes for under 7s. However, concentrate on: Evasive running to score tries - that is running forward but able to step to the side of a defender. Catching and passing - probably when the players are static. Don’t worry about defence. MORE

Small-Sided Games

How to coach tackle technique and timing 3

02/19/2019 |

Sitting ducks

Some tackles are tougher than others but players must not miss the “sitting duck” tackles, where a ball carrier is stationary or running sideways. Without much forward momentum, your players can gain an advantage and complete an effective tackle with a chance for a turnover. This session gives weaker tacklers some confidence. MORE

How to improve offloading skills 1

02/18/2019 |

Offload options

We know a simple offloading game can devastate defences. Players need the skills and the confidence to know exactly how and when to offload. This session builds the technique in a game-related way so the passer and receiver can understand their options. MORE

How to create extra yards when going forward 2

02/12/2019 |

Make extra yards in the ‘step zone’

In very close quarters, the ball carrier can make extra yards by moving to the side of his opponent as long as he is still moving forward. Use this “step zone” to encourage both go forward and stepping. Measure the player on distance made as well as beating the opposite player completely. MORE

02/19/2019 | Team Management

The 5 rules of selection

Identifying the players to fulfil your vision is arguably a coach’s most crucial role. Your approach to selection establishes the values of the environment you’re trying to create. Read on to get it right… MORE

02/14/2019 | Tips

Adapt your drills on the spot

Sometimes your best-laid plans must be ripped up because progress has been quicker or slower than expected. So be ready to change tack if players are struggling or they crack a skill and are getting bored. MORE

02/5/2019 | Team Management

Are sweets good for the team?

Some players devour chocolate or sweets before and after a game, whilst others won’t touch the stuff. So what should you be telling your players? We bust a few myths in this nutritional guide… MORE

02/1/2019 | Rugby drills

Time to indulge again – because it’s February

January sees many people decide to give up guilty pleasures as part of their soul-cleansing New Year’s resolutions. For instance, “For January, no ABCs” – that is, no alcohol, biscuits and chocolate. I’m afraid I didn’t manage that. March brings the start of Lent and thus time, according to the secular soothsayers, to give up... MORE


Deliver the feet that beat – evasive skills, drills...

The very best players always seem to make that extra yard or metre in attack. On rare occasions, it's simply a case of a bigger player crashing through a smaller player. But even the largest players can put down by well-organised and technically efficient defences. MORE


Spread the love: 20 coaching tips to energise, manage...

In this newsletter, we focus on the “how to coach” skills. That’s the way you coach, as much as what you coach. So, here’s 20 plus coaching thoughts to consider. Let’s start with advice on chocolate and other sugary delights. Having researched this carefully, I found I changed my mind on what I suggested to... MORE

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