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01/13/2019 | Tackling

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

Small-Sided Games


06/2/2019 | Small-sided games

Up and down and realign

Use this session to work on attacking and defensive realignment. There will be plenty of noise and reorganisation as players run up and down, replicating quick ball, slow ball and turnover situations. MORE

06/1/2019 | Small-sided games

Play the turnover game

Turning defence into attack effectively needs quick thinking – not only to pass to space but to realign to ensure that space can be exploited. Use this game to recreate the chaos of a turnover. It improves a team’s reaction to turnover ball in defensive and attacking situations. Play 8 v 8 touch rugby where... MORE


06/25/2019 |

Daisy cutters

Having to receive a low pass at knee level or below (a “daisy cutter” pass) happens no matter how much your team practises. Help your players prepare to cope with this type of pass so they never drop the ball or knock on and keep the attack moving. This is achieved by turning a poor pass into a good pass in one smooth movement. MORE

How to cover overlaps 2

06/24/2019 |

Overlap cover

When your opponents have extra players in attack and create an overlap, it is crucial your team works hard to scramble back. Players must slide across in defence to cut down the attack’s space and tackle the ball carrier. This session outlines how to implement such an overlap cover. MORE

How to improve wrap up and attacker and increase chances of turnovers 3

06/18/2019 |

Wrap up and turnover

Wrapping up the ball carrier in a smother tackle stops them passing or presenting the ball on their terms. It also slows the attack down, letting your defence get organised. There is the added opportunity to regain the ball if the tackler can pull the player down and turn them to your side. MORE



05/31/2019 | Rugby coaching

Keeping everyone involved

In every squad, there are slower runners and those who take longer to gain understanding. Such players can become disengaged unless you take steps to involve them. Here’s how to go about it… 1 THE SKILLS Using small workshops provides better coach-to-player ratios and increased individual input. So run concurrent workshops with small groups of... MORE


06/18/2019

Getting the ball to the wing | Activities, games...

If your winger is one of your most potent players, you want to give him or her the ball more often! But it's not just as simple as a couple of passes. There need to be some "holding" patterns to keep the defence from spreading out to cover the threat. Here are four different ways to take advantage of your danger player. MORE

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