01/13/2019 | Rugby drills

VIDEO: 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

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

How to run the ball straight 2

01/22/2019 |

Straighten the line

If a potential ball carrier runs at an angle before cutting back to straighten up, he can fool a defence. A drift defence will be caught off balance by attackers running straight. MORE

How to protect the ball 3

01/21/2019 |

Protect when outnumbered

It happens frequently – a ball carrier facing two defenders is isolated from his team mates. He needs to work out how to protect the ball and await support. This session works on the roles of ball carrier and support player while developing defensive roles. MORE

How to improve the players mindset 2

01/15/2019 |

Box-to-box work and play

Training can easily isolate skills without forcing players to change mindsets quickly. This session concentrates on working players hard in one area and then pushing them into decision-making situations. It will improve fitness, communication and organisation. MORE

01/21/2019 | Blog

“10,000 hours” theory threatens us all

Too many youth coaches are teetering on the edge of the “10,000 hours’ training” trap – and it risks killing our game. We’re in danger of spending too much time “practising” rugby and not enough time playing. MORE

01/17/2019 | Team Management

5 tips on how to use substitutes

Making substitutions is a challenge for coaches because there’s an implied criticism of the players involved. So accentuate the positive and make the process a chance for development and enjoyment. MORE

01/14/2019 | Rugby coaching

When does contact get serious?

Rugby should always be fun, no matter the age of the participants. But the progression from elementary contact to the physical game enjoyed by older players needs to be carefully managed. MORE


Kick for chasers | Kick to score | Ways...

Kick with a purpose, kick with a plan. That means connecting the kicker and the chasers too. Here are some activities to build those connections, plus a bit of back to basics for young players to the game, so they can learn the essentials of how to kick. MORE


Beat them in attack, intercept them in defence |...

Rugby is essentially an invasion game. One of the core skills is evasion, and therefore, by definition, interception. Evasion is not just running to where a defender isn't. It's try to fool them at the same time, to make that easier. Of course, the defender should be thinking the same, just in reverse! MORE

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