08/4/2020 | Return to play

Return to play Level Devils

Use this passing, defence and decision-making game to challenge players to improve their accuracy, communication under game-like pressure. There are incentives for both the attackers and defenders to "win" their side of the game. MORE

07/31/2020 | Return to play

Social distancing Passing Maze

Use this pass and block game to develop passing, evasion, communication and decision-making. Teams of three try to maximise their points by using a variety of passes and quick movement, while defenders aim to anticipate and frustrate the play. MORE

Mini tag

07/28/2020 | Mini tag

Return to play: Minis and juniors try chasers

Get your ball carriers used to running forward to score tries. This session can be run as a warm-up or as a proper tackling session as well. Often players fail to run forwards even when they know the try line is that way. This session should encourage them to attack a space in front them and go for it. MORE

Small-Sided Games

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Land on two feet and go!

This session builds up a simple skill: Landing on two feet and stepping away from contact is a pre-sidestep motion It is a good technique for all players. When moving at speed and with a potential tackler in pursuit, they can jump, land and step, either to beat the defender or offload. MORE

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Grubber targets

The grubber kick can unlock tight defences, but only if it is executed well and used at the right time. Developing the technical skills needed can be done in a closed training environment. But developing the understanding of when to use the kick is best learned through playing kicking games in training. MORE

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2 v 1 score

A 2 v 1 is the ideal attacking scenario. How crucial is it for players to understand how to exploit these situations? “2 v 1 score” will develop your players’ ability to benefit from these opportunities. MORE

07/26/2020 | Rugby drills

Social distancing: The Cannonball Run game

Use this fun warm-up game to test the players’ passing, evasion and decision-making skills. The defenders use rolled-up socks as cannonballs, though they could equally use rolled up bibs. Thanks to Ray Smith who coaches with the Old Reigatians Girls for the inspiration for this activity. Set up the pitch, with a safe zone to... MORE

08/12/2020 | Podcast

Return To Play: Practical approaches to coaching

Dan Cottrell speaks to Jess Bunyard, Andy Stevens and Jamie Green about their approaches to Return to Play. Jess is director of women and girls rugby and RDO at Huddersfield YMCA RFC. Andy is chair of mini and juniors at Ellingham and Ringwood RFC. Jamie is director of rugby at Royston RFC. They all coach across a wide range of age groups. MORE

08/9/2020 | Podcast

Roundup Rodeo Ep16: Reviewing last week’s pick of the...

Host Phil Llewellyn with guests Giselle Mather and Jo Yapp review some of the many great podcasts, books, articles and webinars from the last week. The team pick out the key takeaways from each episode and how to use it on the pitch, at all the levels of the game. This week: The Sports Psych... MORE

08/8/2020 | Rugby coaching

BOOK REVIEW: Ultimate Crush

A book review of Ulitmate Crush: Waseda University Rugby, Leadership and Building the Strongest Winning Team in Japan Katsuyuki Kiyomiya translated by Ian Ruxton. The Japanese love slogans. Ultimate Crush, which was coined for the Waseda University rugby team, translates differently according to the dialect used*, but the core meaning of “overwhelming victory” is clear. MORE


Action Stations! Stage C & Ready 4 Rugby

Action stations! With the RFU approving Stage C for amateur rugby teams, English teams have more options to work with. We expect the other UK countries to have similar arrangements in place very soon. While there is no contact yet, teams can play up to 10-a-side touch rugby in training and use upskilling activities with significantly larger groups. MORE


More return to play games and activities

As we start to get back to training, we need a range of games and activities which will suit the latest regulations. However, they also have to be purposeful. That means they can be used throughout the season. MORE


Return to play: Games, drills and fitness testing

You want your training to be purposeful. That means players feel they've gained something from the session. Here's a mix of handling, fitness and kicking games to help populate your training sessions for the return to play. It looks a lot like pre-season of course. You will see the fundamentals of skills, teamwork and movement, but little or no focus on tactics or contact. MORE

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