EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

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07/15/2018 | Passing & Handling

VIDEO: Passing race

Handling under pressure shows up whether the players have developed good passing habits. This fun game certainly motivates them to concentrate on the best skills to win the race. MORE

Mini tag


06/29/2018 |

Turtle tag

Use this quick attack-defence-evasion game to improve your players' awareness and speed. It can easily be developed to include other elements like self-organisation and decision making. MORE

06/3/2018 |

Minefield for mini tag

Encourage players to run forward and still avoid oncoming obstacles. There's no turning back! MORE

05/29/2018 |

Tri-try challenge

Challenge the attackers to come up with ways to score three tries without being touched. They have three try zones, and different rules to keep them thinking. MORE

Small-Sided Games


06/12/2018 |

Video: Triangle attack touch

Challenge your players to realign quickly in attack and defence with this touch game played inside a modified pitch in the shape of a triangle. By Dave Beal, experienced grassroots coach, founder and director of DB12 Foundation MORE


How to communicate in attack 1

07/10/2018 |

Attacking with communication

Clear, concise and accurate communication is a vital element in support play, whether in attack or defence. This session helps your players establish some of the language they should be using in games. MORE

How to coach players to catch a poor pass 3

07/9/2018 |

Play through the mistakes

A bad pass need not always mean the end of a fluid move. Players can learn to react positively by adjusting their bodies to catch and then deliver the ball, and support players can learn to delay their runs. In this way, your team can continue its patterns of play even if one of the passes has been disrupted. MORE

Mismatch offload 1

07/3/2018 |

Mismatch offload

Mismatch offload brings together many of the basic skills a player needs in close contact. Scanning to see mismatches, communication to alert team mates, passing to get the ball there, and footwork and power to get beyond the defender. After that there’s the soft pop pass to the support player arriving from depth at pace. MORE


The Triangle-1

08/15/2017 |

The Triangle

In this warm-up game, passing and catching are important, but vision and awareness are paramount. When the player is lining up to run, he needs to know who is going, when he needs to go, who he’ll receive from, who he’ll pass to and where he’ll line up next. MORE

2V1 Continuous-1

08/15/2017 |

2 v 1 Continuous

This simple game is an excellent warmup exercise that will get your players thinking about their core skills, communication and, most importantly, decision-making. It’s also great for getting players to feel alert and focused at the beginning of a training session. MORE

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08/15/2017 | Warm Ups

Five Waves

This is a good warm-up game for a large group of players. It gets their minds and bodies moving and helps to sharpen up their core skills of handling, passing and catching. MORE


07/11/2018 | Podcast

How an expert sports coach learned to coach rugby...

Dr Andy Abraham is an experienced researcher and teacher in sports coaching. He’s head of subject for Sport Coaching at the Carnegie School of Sport, Leeds Beckett University (LBU). His most recent work has been to co-create with colleagues from LBU and the FA a Post Graduate Diploma in Coach Development for FA Coach Developers.... MORE

07/4/2018 | Rugby coaching

England’s soccer manager and players’ coaching nuggets

You may be aware that England football has won through to the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup. In an exhilarating and tense game, they finally beat Columbia on penalties. In the post-match interviews, the team and Southgate, in particular, delivered a masterclass in coaching approach. MORE


07/5/2018

Develop a player-centred defence

The basic principles of defence are: Go forward Provide support Apply pressure Regain possession As you can see, they don't explicitly say tackling. So, if we really want to improve our defence, we have to look at the whole, not just one of the parts. MORE

06/28/2018

Practise kicking in game-like situations

Great kicking can score tries. It takes awareness. And if you can create plenty of scenarios in training where players can test out their kicking, they improve both their tactical and technical prowess. This goes for kicks in open play and kick-offs. MORE

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