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12/16/2018 | Rugby drills

VIDEO: Phil Larder’s multiple line defence drill

Here is a safe drill, best practised mid-week, which gives the defenders match-like conditions to work on side and front-on low tackles. It focuses on balance, concentration and technique. It's suitable for all abilities. It's ideal for large numbers of players. 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


08/23/2018 | Small-sided games

Drop-off touch

Games that require all the players to participate develop all abilities. In drop-off touch, defenders have to fill in and attackers have to support, involving the whole group. MORE


How to improve tackling 3

12/17/2018 |

Torpedo drive for side-on tackles

An interception tackle is like firing a torpedo to intercept a ship. The player tracks across and towards the target. He keeps his momentum going, so when he makes impact the ball carrier is knocked sideways and cannot use an effective hand off. MORE

How to develop an attacking lineout 3

12/17/2018 |

Front peel

Your team can make vital ground by attacking the gap at the front of the lineout. The catcher at the front passes the ball to the player peeling round from the middle of the lineout. It assumes there is no lift. It is an ideal play to use in the opposition half. MORE

How to secure the ball in the tackled area 1

12/10/2018 |

First person protector

Winning the space over the tackled player is a key factor in winning quick ruck ball or disrupting an opponent’s attacking ball. Reaction training comes from creating slightly unusual positions for players to work from, so they have to make more quick decisions. MORE


10/6/2018 | Warm Ups

VIDEO: Fun, competitive passing warm up

Use this kneeling down passing exercise to work on good upper body style for passing, where the players use their shoulders and hip rotation to generate power in the pass, and elbows and wrist to create acceleration and accuracy. It's also good for working on catch and pass techniques in isolation. MORE


12/12/2018 | Blog

Happy Christmas to the Xbox

If you coach youth rugby, you’re depriving children of valuable Xbox and PlayStation time. I know this as sometimes I have had to drag my own son off the machine to go to training. I wish I had a quick solution to this situation. I’ve tried various tactics. First is the five-minute warning, so he... MORE

12/5/2018 | Rugby coaching

What does a backs coach do?

There’s a lot more to being a backs coach than telling the three-quarters to practise a few moves. So when you split the squad into forwards and backs, what are the essentials that you must cover? MORE


12/18/2018

Top tackling techniques and even better tackling activities

Players can always improve their tackle technique. And Phil Larder, who was the architect of England rugby’s Iron Curtain defence when they topped the world, shows us how. Follow his Side-on tackle essentials, and share the video with your players. Challenge them to coach themselves, so they can recall all the key pointers and then highlight... MORE

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