Proven, easy to use rugby drills, practice plans, training tips and advice for grassroots coaches

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Gang of three: Game-like tackling

Gang of three: Game-like tackling

From Rugby Coach Weekly Improve your players’ tackle technique along with understanding the role of the closest defenders both inside and outside the tackler. Why use it Create match-like scenarios where “gangs” of three react to their team mate’s tackling to help prevent attacking continuity. Set up Balls, cones, a 3m x 5m tackle zone […]

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Competitive lineout training

Competitive lineout training

By Ian Diddams, RFU coach tutor with over 20 years’ experience in coaching at grassroots level Overview Create lineout practices that replicate match situations requiring tactical appreciation, pressures, fatigue, confusion, time and scoreline. Set up Use one touchline. Put a ball on the touchline level with both try, 22, and 10m lines plus one at […]

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Create a platform to attack using 4-man lineouts

Create a platform to attack using 4-man lineouts

By Darren Kingham-Scott, head coach of Winchester RFC and Hampshire RFU women’s and U15s coach The shortened 4-man lineout is a weapon best used between your own 10m and opposition 22m lines. The aim is to set up a platform and create space with “spare” forwards doing the attacking and drawing in defending players as […]

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Don't let 3v1s become 1v1s

Don’t let 3v1s become 1v1s

By Colin Ireland, Physical Education teacher with sixteen years’ experience working for the Scottish Rugby Union How often have you seen a 3v1 become a 1v1? No wonder coaches get exasperated. A 3v1 should be successful every time – so use our checklist to make sure it is. Points to get right: Always practise the […]

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Get your players on their feet in seconds

Get your players on their feet in seconds

From Rugby Coach Weekly Increase the number of turnovers your players make by using a surf boarder’s “pop up” to get them back to their feet as quickly as possible. Why use it This develops a player’s ability to get back to his feet quickly after a tackle and target the ball. It also improves […]

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2 v 1 in tight and wide situations

2 v 1 in tight and wide situations

From Rugby Coach Weekly Get your players working on 2 v 1s in tight and wide situations. In all cases the ball carrier needs to attack the inside shoulder of the defender. However, the different widths of the channels make the style of pass different. A good session for both backs and forwards working together. […]

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4 tips to stop "silly" players acting out

4 tips to stop “silly” players acting out

From Rugby Coach Weekly Sometimes it seems that some wicked person has given your players some “silly smarties” before training, here are four ways you can bring them back into line. Fun is fine. But if it gets out of hand, your session can easily go off the rails unless you implement our simple plan […]

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