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Six Nations Analysis: Decision making in attack

We’ve got a series of Six Nations analysis from Graeme Forbes, you can follow him on Twitter at @thedeadballarea As a Coach, I sometimes feel it’s difficult to keep up with where the game is going. Constantly changing attack patterns, defensive systems and new technology make it easy to forget that the game is often best when... MORE

Get out of my space

Use competition to make players try different evasion skills. This session has one race and one game to challenge players to command their own space then find new spaces. ACTIVITY ŒThree face one way Two the other Players race to one of the cones in front of them and turn They aim to get through... MORE

Kicking for all seasons

This session works through the main kicks needed in a match: Grubber, punt, box and high ball. The players will also be able to work on catching. ACTIVITY One player runs along a line and grubber kicks for another player to pick up and pass The players run around the box, picking up and passing,... MORE

Tiger trap

Develop your attackers go-forward and evasion skills in this tough footwork exercise. Quick to set up, you can have lots of groups going at the same time. ACTIVITY Put the tiger in the middle of the box Put one defender in the middle of one end and two on the cones at the far end... MORE

Be more open about stress

In the last few years, mental health has managed come out of the shadows as a properly recognised issue across all walks of life. Rugby has seen a number of high profile participants discuss their battles, for example John Kirwan, Nigel Owens, James Haskell and most recently Tom James. Tom James, who has recently decided... MORE

Competition winners’ coaching session

Chris Sweetapple won our RCW 10 Year Celebration Competition, which included a coaching session with me. Here’s a report on a wet but enjoyable January morning in North London with the Saracen Amateurs U15B Infidels. Pre-session organisation   Before the day, Chris sent me an outline of the coaching structure, potential numbers and some of... 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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