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Great lineout sessions – even when you are missing...

It would be great if all your forwards were at every session. But, because it rarely happens, you need to have set-piece activities that allow you to maximise your time together. We have a vast array of activities that can help you achieve, and it starts with our lineout session builder. Also highlighted below are ways to develop timing and techniques to ensure you win that set piece every time. MORE

Safe uncertainty: the best environment to train in

Richard Shuttleworth, a top high performance coach development leader, along with his colleague Professor Keith Davids, suggest that it’s better for players to be challenged in the right environment to see performance improvements. MORE

What’s really the hardest coaching task?

The hardest task in coaching isn’t what you coach, it’s how you coach. More specifically, it is how you differentiate your coaching. You have an array of talents in front of you and some of them will be better than others. Since you want to improve all the players, how do you stretch those at the top without leaving behind those at the bottom? MORE

Miss passing for dummies

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. MORE

Target the rabbit

Against expansive teams, work out who is the weakest attacker and target him by closing him down when he gets the ball. Then turn him over and counter attack. MORE

Pass and win

Players develop some easy catch-and-pass skills before improving their evasive and speed skills. 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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