Proven, easy to use rugby drills, practice plans, training tips and advice for grassroots coaches

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How can you win without tactics?

How can you win without tactics?

By Eamonn Hogan, experienced rugby coach working with representative teams in the UK and the US Use a philosophy rather than a set game plan to score more tries than the opposition. Tactics will often confuse children but ideas for playing the game in a set way won’t. As your players become more skilled and […]

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Youth rugby: Passing pace

Youth rugby: Passing pace

Encourage accurate passing and communication when running in support. 1. Set out a 10m x 6m area with sets of three 2m cone gates at 3m, 5m and 7m. Put three attackers along one side of the area with the cone gates in front of them. Give a ball to a player at one end. […]

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Balanced Running

Balanced running

By Colin Ireland, Physical Education teacher with sixteen years’ experience working for the Scottish Rugby Union Fluid play and keeping the ball alive needs the attacking players to be balanced and in position to offload the ball. The players should become comfortable with carrying the ball in both hands, work on this with this session. […]

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How you should be practising kicking

How you should be practising kicking

Kicking is something you would rarely do in training but it is such a big part of the game it pays dividends to get it right. Use this session to perfect your teams kicks. Why use it To go forward, gain territory, put your opponents under pressure – and score tries. Set Up A 40m […]

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My favourite 4v2 attacking scenario

My favourite 4v2 attacking scenario

I like to look for drills that can easily be adapted to work for different abilities, and even add in new skills A good example of this is my favourite 4v2 attacking scenario. It comes from Sean Holley, former Ospreys and Bristol coach. It’s got something to offer for all players above the age of […]

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U9 U10 Handling: Draw to Score

U9 & U10 Handling: Draw to score

Get your players used to drawing the defender and passing to the player in support and put handling into a decision-making practice. 1. Set out a 15m x 5m area with two sets of three coloured cones, spaced 2m apart, along one of the long sides. 2. Put an attacker with a ball and a defender […]

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Use tackle tubes to iron out technical problems

Use tackle tubes to iron out technical problems

Tackle tubes – or sausages as they are sometimes known – have their critics because they do not provide a realistic tackle target. However, they are still an extremely useful piece of equipment for three reasons: 1. Non-contact work – A significant percentage of injuries in rugby occur at the tackle area. Usually, this can be […]

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Introducing tackling

U9 & U10: Introducing tackling

Get players used to making and taking tackles correctly by working backwards through the tackle. 1. Put your players into pairs and ask them to get into space. Tell them to decide who will be the tackler and who will be the attacker. Start with the players on the ground, with the tackler in a […]

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Safely introduce contact

Safely introduce contact

By Mark Calverley, RFU Level 3 and IRB Level 4 qualified coach, and owner of the NZRFU Practicum award – the highest coaching award in New Zealand Once players have been introduced to the techniques and safety issues involved with tackling and have practised it in safe controlled environments and drills, it is time to […]

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Try this fast moving warm-up game: Hot box feet

Try this fast moving warm-up game: Hot box feet

From 48 Rugby Skills Games This is constantly moving warm up game, which can be replicated across lots of boxes. It works on passing anticipation, because no player is allowed to stand still or take a pass standing still Set up Players: 3 attackers v 1 defender Area: 7m square Equipment: One ball Game notes […]

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