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Lineout session builder

Session builders take you from one player to a unit to work on their skills piece by piece. In this builder, we look at the contact area and rucking. By Dan Cottrell ONE PLAYER A thrower practises against a post, going back two steps each time they hit the post Jumpers and lifters explode off... MORE

The fast hands grid

The fast hands grid

Create a “flow” in your passing exercises that generates energy to keep passers working hard and accurately.   Why use it? Instil a natural flow of passing in your players with this activity that starts slow and increases in tempo and rhythm.   Set up   A 15m x 10m box, two balls. How to... MORE

Great new service: Rugby Vacancies

Andy Lockwood, a serving Major in the British Army, has set up a great service for all rugby coaches looking for new roles. He takes up the story: “Rugby Vacancies started up in May 2017 as a means of publicising rugby coaching roles I was finding. It’s completely free to use and available on Facebook... MORE

King of the threes

Develop a cohesive defence by encouraging the players to work in threes. This activity focuses on the middle player making the tag, and the other two forcing the ball carrier into the tagger. By Dan Cottrell ACTIVITY Only this player can make a tag The outside players can block the tagger The ball carrier aims... MORE

4 step guide to coaching players of different abilities

Every team has varying player abilities, and you need to keep them involved and interested. You can develop them every session – and here’s how. By Dan Cottrell 01  Games  Games are natural discriminators of ability, where each player can find his level. On match days, a scrum half will be a better passer, a... MORE

Physical handling games

These two adaptive games are ideal warm-ups to more intensive training sessions. One looks for players to find catching solutions, the other is a simple maul contest – though there’s never anything simple about mauling. By Dan Cottrell GAME 1 Dive zone The blocker moves side to side in the middle 5m The two attackers... MORE

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Run past defenders

Run past defenders

U7 MINI-TAG | ATTACKING 3 ACTIVITY: SLALOM Divide your players into teams of four and put each team behind a line of cones. Each player should hold a ball in two hands. When you say “go”, the front players race to the other end of the lines making sure they swerve in and out of... MORE

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Support the ball carrier

U8 MINI-TAG | ATTACKING 4 ACTIVITY: BEAT THE DEFENDERS Three defenders stand 8m apart in a line down the centre of the area. Four attackers start outside the area at one end facing the defenders. One attacker starts with a ball. The ball carrier runs up the area past the first defender with the other attackers... MORE

 

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