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

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Run to a ball and pick it up-1

Run to a ball and pick it up

U8 MINI-TAG | HANDLING 5 ACTIVITY: Pick up and pass race 1. Split your players into pairs. Make one from each pair A, the other B. Put all the balls in the middle of the circle (you can spread them out or keep them bunched). 2. Have the players run around the outside of the circle. The […]

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The cat flap

The cat flap

“Cat-flapping” is an exciting way to build core handling skills for close contact. It enables players to offload on the move out of the back of their hand and maintain continuity. Why use it By using the four points of contact and then two (as taught on page 8), players can pass the ball out […]

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Use legal protection - don't seal the ball off

Use legal protection – don’t seal the ball off

By Paul Tyler, Scottish Rugby Union level 3 qualified coach, former SRU rugby development officer and a qualified referee “Sealing” is when a support player attaches himself to the tackled player on the ground to prevent defenders competing for the ball. Sealing is illegal as not only does it prevent a fair contest for the […]

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5 ways to survive assessed sessions

5 ways to survive assessed sessions

Even vital cup matches can sometimes be less stressful that having to plan and organise a practical session on a coaching course. Here is my survival guide – from someone who has been on both sides of the fence on many occasions. 1. Make two plans You are asked to make a formal plan. Follow […]

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Miss passing for dummies

Miss passing for dummies

From Rugby Coach Weekly The miss passer has to engage his defender before passing and then follow his line through to get into the defence. Here’s how to teach this skill from the very beginning. Why use it Works on the core skills of making the pass and then the running line of the miss passer […]

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