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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


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

How to execute the dummy scissorts pass 1

06/17/2019 |

Dummy scissors pass

Dummy scissors pass (DSP) is a simple move that can be used by all the players, not just the back line. It is still used by the top sides in a number of situations. These teams have added extra decoy runners and other variations, but at the core is the DSP. This move will add an attacking edge to your team from all phases. MORE

how to rip deep and flat 2

06/11/2019 |

Rip, deep and flat

To play a dynamic game, skills have to be executed accurately and effectively. This session focuses on getting the ball away from a contact situation while it is off the ground, and passing it to a receiver to lead the next attack. The key is to be quick and efficient. 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

06/13/2019

Warm up to decision making | Games, drills and...

So, you start your session with a game of touch rugby. Who doesn't love that! Then, you want to break out into some skills. To keep the tempo going, you should involve some decision-making elements. MORE

06/11/2019

Pick the right support lines | Activities, session plans...

Did you know that some teams now even employ an “off-the-ball” coach? They concentrate on all the players who are not directly involved in the ball. Give your players lots of opportunities to judge where they should be in relation to the ball and what they need to do next to be more effective. Use the... MORE

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