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

05/22/2019 | Rugby drills

Quick hands competition

Pit forwards against the backs in this exercise to develop straight running and quick handling. It puts your players’ skills under pressure and the session can be adapted to suit groups of any size. MORE

02/25/2019 | Rugby drills

Drop-out pressure game

Challenge your players to work out better ways to use the 22m drop-out as a way of pressurising the opposition. This fun game promotes accurate kicking, hard chasing and role understanding. MORE

How to improve going forward and supporting 2

05/21/2019 |


Players love simple targets. Not just simple targets to achieve, but simple targets to understand like moving the ball from one end of a box to another. That’s why they will enjoy “blast”. It works on the ball carrier and his support making progress up the field whilst a defender attempts to prevent their progress. This expands into a match situation where the “blast” might be used. MORE

How to develop the switch pass 3

05/20/2019 |

Cut to the chase

Switch passes - also known as “cuts” - should be a natural part of the passing armoury. This session uses a simple exercise that can be set up with lots of stations. Players will learn that timing and angles are as important as the pass itself. MORE

How to clear out rucks effectively 3

05/14/2019 |

Ruck wrecker

A “willingness to fight to win the breakdown battle” is such a key area that the team that wins it almost invariably wins the game. “Ruck wrecker” will develop your players’ techniques and their attitude to winning the breakdown. MORE

05/23/2019 | Rugby coaching

8 ways to make a drill fly

A good “drill” will challenge and motivate players whilst serving as a stepping-stone towards their all-round game accomplishment. Embrace these principles to fine-tune your sessions…  MORE

05/17/2019 | Rugby coaching

Add some zip!

It’s been a long season and the finishing line is in sight. Now’s the time to energise your coaching to help your team end with a flourish. These four tried-and-tested methods will see you right… MORE

05/11/2019 | Rugby coaching

Your 3-point ruck plan

For something so quick, there are a lot of decisions that go into a ruck. So to gain clarity in your decision-making, break down the breakdown by separating which techniques to use and when… MORE

05/9/2019 | Podcast

Exciting times for women’s rugby and coaching

Liza "Bird" Burgess was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2018. With 93 caps for Wales and GB, she's also an experienced international and club coach. Now assisting Susie Appleby at Gloucester-Hartbury in the Tyrrells English Premiership, she shares her approach to coaching, what inspires her and how she's changed her delivery. These are exciting times for the women's game as more women take up the coaching reigns - it was great to catch with a good friend and a beacon for the game. MORE


20 questions you should ask PLUS drills for simple...

In coaching, there’s a time to tell and a time to ask. Both are powerful ways to help players understand their roles and responsibilities, as well as give them opportunities to learn. I asked one of our expert grassroots coaches, Ian “Didds” Diddams, to come up with the essential questions to use with yout players,... MORE


How to score the best try of 2018 |...

The Sky Sports try of 2018 was scored by Jersey Reds in their English Championship game against London Irish. Their attack coach Ed Robinson gave me some amazing insights into how the try was crafted, including nuggets you probably won't pick up from just watching the clip. MORE

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