EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

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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

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


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 support play 2

04/16/2019 |

Solid support

Often, the ball carrier’s closest support comes from the player who has just passed the ball, or the player who might next receive it. Neither are particularly well placed to support from depth, so this session helps them move into positions to provide the most effective help in the contact area. MORE

How to improve defending through communication and grouping 2

04/15/2019 |

Line protectors

Build a team defence ethic by having players defend in threes and fours. This session is far more practical than simple “line, shout and up” type exercises, because during a match there are so many situations to cover. Players will have to cover both narrow and wide spaces, improving their tackling and communication. MORE

How to win quicker ruck ball 2

04/9/2019 |

Quicker ruck ball guaranteed

If all your players follow this session, you will win quicker ruck ball – I guarantee it. The idea behind the session is simple. The more players who arrive in the contact area at below the hip height of a standing player, the more effective your team’s rucking will be. MORE



04/16/2019 | Rugby coaching

Avoid the congestion charge!

Young players tend to crowd around the ball, but this honeypot effect can mean your team doesn’t exploit space elsewhere. Embrace their enthusiasm and still develop some shape to your attack. MORE

04/3/2019 | Rugby coaching

5 ways to adjust when coaching kids

Rugby is essentially the same game, no matter the age of the players. But as a coach you need to vary your methods when training youngsters to help them grasp the basics. Here’s how to do it… MORE

03/28/2019 | Rugby coaching

Climb the pyramid of success

The late John Wooden, a legend from US basketball, built his coaching career on 15 personal qualities. Use his five foundation blocks to help take your own team to his pinnacle of “competitive greatness”… MORE


04/18/2019

Scrum training ideas for non-scrummaging coaches

Good scrum ball is one of the most powerful sources of possession, whether you are trying to score tries or simply clear your lines. As a coach, you may have been lucky enough to play in the forwards and know your way around the scrum. However, there’s so much that’s new, it’s important to know... MORE

04/16/2019

All together now – defensive teamwork activities

Improve your defensive cohesiveness by practising more as a group. In this newsletter, we explore lots of different ways of challenging your players in unusual situations to enhance their connections and understanding. First, we have the VIDEO: Two defensive-based conditioning drills. A great warm-up activity, it’s good for all the tackling ages. Take this a bit... MORE

04/11/2019

Kick, catch and attack with purpose | Activities and...

Make the kicking and catching a full part of your training regime. It will probably be included your unit skills session, when the backs and forwards split off. However, if you are brave enough, all the players should be involved in this type of training, because you may never know when they might need to use the skills. MORE

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