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Create a watertight defence against a runner. This game tests attacking prowess as well as tagging. The ball carrier must go forward. One ball carrier runs forward One defender starts in the centre, the other two on each sideline Once one ball carrier has gone through, the defenders realign and the next attacker goes If... MORE

Catch and clear

Your back three need to be competent playing on the wing or as full back and they all need to be able to catch the ball and clear it from any position in the back field. Put the back three inside the 22m, with 14 and 11 ahead of 15 Put a passer and two... MORE

Powerball

Use this high-octane handling and footwork game to work on catching and passing as well as improving decision-making skills. Put five attackers at one end of the 20m square with a ball Five defenders guard the boxes The attackers can run and pass in any direction The attackers have 30 seconds to score as many... MORE

Mirror ball

Run backline moves in a competitive format to force players to run the correct lines under pressure. It is best run as a unit skills session with the backs. ACTIVITY Two backlines run a move against each other, with the perceived pressure coming from someone running towards you The 9s run around their cones before... MORE

Spider hands

Pass the ball down the line quickly while attacking the ball at pace. Instead of the players stretching for the ball, the catcher spreads the fingers of his farthest hand like a spider. The players will catch better, move faster and pass quicker. ACTIVITY Four attackers run backwards before lining up to take a pass... MORE

Scared of what the big kids might do

Billy Vunipola with his U11s coach and one of his team mates on tour. Imagine this match up! If you want to see really competitive training, just ask a group of PE teachers to play a game. Even a gentle game of touch rugby brings out a ruthless streak it seems. Now, mix these teachers... 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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