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

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Keep your players motivated with TARGET

Keep your players motivated with TARGET

From Rugby Coach Weekly Always hit the spot by using the TARGET model to keep your players motivated and concentrating fully on the job in hand during training sessions. Task Keep activities varied and individually challenging. Break down the skills into their component parts, so players can think about the processes to achieve something. For […]

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Fending a moving defender

Fending a moving defender

By Colin Ireland, Physical Education teacher with sixteen years’ experience working for the Scottish Rugby Union Overview The fend – or hand-off – is a major tool for players in going forward and beating the tackle. Set up A 15m x 10m box, several balls. What you get your players to do Split into groups […]

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rugby concussion

Concussion rears its ugly head again

Concussion has become a big issue – perhaps THE big issue in sport. Everyone is talking about it, the media have regular news stories focusing on players suffering with it, and lawyers are making a killing from it. It is almost as though this is a new phenomenon… some recently discovered major health issue that […]

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Create a platform to attack using 4-man lineouts

Create a platform to attack using 4-man lineouts

By Darren Kingham-Scott, head coach of Winchester RFC and Hampshire RFU women’s and U15s coach The shortened 4-man lineout is a weapon best used between your own 10m and opposition 22m lines. The aim is to set up a platform and create space with “spare” forwards doing the attacking and drawing in defending players as […]

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Tennis balls for accurate kicking

Tennis balls for accurate kicking

As an alternative to players kicking a normal rugby ball, see how they cope with punting a tennis ball. Different Anything new to training interests players. Some might shy away from such a strange idea but others will enjoy the challenge. Whatever the thought, they will have to adjust and focus on their style: A […]

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