Mini tag

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

06/29/2018 |

Turtle tag

Use this quick attack-defence-evasion game to improve your players' awareness and speed. It can easily be developed to include other elements like self-organisation and decision making. 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 recover from poor set-piece ball 2

09/24/2018 |

Backwards set piece

Not every set piece works out and this session looks at some simple recovery strategies. It mainly involves one player retaining the ball, staying strong and then his team mates backing him up. MORE

How to improve the kicking game 3

09/17/2018 |

Perfect kicks

Plenty of your players come to rugby with some kicking ability from sports like soccer and then, with practice, become efficient kickers of the rugby ball. Work on their specific technique so they can develop that natural ability into a repeatable, accurate skill under pressure. MORE

How to improve body positions as forwards 3

09/17/2018 |

Body shape for forward units

Forwards need to get their basic body shapes right before they are ready to move on to more competitive unit work. This session can be used to prepare for unit work and as a whole session for forwards. You can also mix forwards and backs together because the skills are easily transferable (ruck positions for example). MORE

The Triangle-1

08/15/2017 |

The Triangle

In this warm-up game, passing and catching are important, but vision and awareness are paramount. When the player is lining up to run, he needs to know who is going, when he needs to go, who he’ll receive from, who he’ll pass to and where he’ll line up next. MORE

2V1 Continuous-1

08/15/2017 |

2v1 Continuous

This simple game is an excellent warmup exercise that will get your players thinking about their core skills, communication and, most importantly, decision-making. MORE

Five Waves-1

08/15/2017 | Warm Ups

Five Waves

This is a good warm-up game for a large group of players. It gets their minds and bodies moving and helps to sharpen up their core skills of handling, passing and catching. MORE

09/14/2018 | Tips

Create a deadeye hooker

Nail your lineouts every time with an accurate throw from your hooker. Here are the five key things to make accurate throws the norm rather than the exception. MORE

09/11/2018 | Tactics

What are tactics?

The word “tactics” is used so often that we tend to forget what it means and in the end, we confuse players. Know your tactics by knowing the true meaning of the word. MORE

09/1/2018 | Blog

When to put REAL defenders into a drill

The other week I was running some 4v2s. Initially, the attack was always successful. I suppose that is what you would expect but they were not succeeding as I wanted. Sloppy passing and drifting angles meant that although they were scoring, it was not improving their skill levels. It was time to make the defenders work harder. MORE


Develop a player-centred defence

The basic principles of defence are: Go forward Provide support Apply pressure Regain possession As you can see, they don't explicitly say tackling. So, if we really want to improve our defence, we have to look at the whole, not just one of the parts. MORE


Practise kicking in game-like situations

Great kicking can score tries. It takes awareness. And if you can create plenty of scenarios in training where players can test out their kicking, they improve both their tactical and technical prowess. This goes for kicks in open play and kick-offs. MORE

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