Mini tag

11/13/2018 | Email Newsletters

Four fun games for mini tag (and older players...

Need to inject some new ideas in training. Sometimes the old games have run their course. Well, for the time being anyway. Here are some fun games which are quick to set-up and, with few rules, give the players new challenges. Though they are primarily aimed at mini-tag, you can easily adapt them for older players. I think you find the energy generated quite uplifting. MORE

Small-Sided Games

Handball 1

11/12/2019 |


How often is an overlap wasted because one pass is poor and the receiver has to check his run to take the ball or drops it? Players need to work in pressure situations where they are challenged to pass quickly and accurately. “Handball” will push your players to their passing limits by making them pass under intense pressure. MORE

How to keep the ball alive in contact 2

11/11/2019 |


With sometimes 150 or so tackles made in a game a tackled player’s actions can make the difference between winning and losing. Trying to offload in the wrong situation is extremely risky, but then, so is holding or placing the ball. Groundwork will develop the crucial decision making skills for tackled players and their supporters. MORE

How to make breaks using ins and outs 3

11/5/2019 |

Ins and outs

Running complex attack patterns to break the tackle line often doesn’t succeed. The same outcome can be achieved by the late movement of a strike runner into space and a well delivered pass. Running lines known as “ins” and “outs” can be used at any level of the game and, if well executed, will lead to more clean breaks. MORE

10/4/2019 | Warm Ups

Print-and-go pre-match warm-up

Use this template to get your team mentally and physically fired-up and ready for their match. Pre-match warm-ups aim to activate the body and  mind ready for the kick-off. But, you cannot cover  your complete game-plan in the warm-up. MORE

08/6/2019 | Warm Ups

VIDEO: Log roll warm-up

A physical, fun and warm-up, log rolls encourage teamwork and prepare players for contact.   Split players into groups of at least six. Put five players in a row, on the ground, shoulder-to-shoulder. Put another player, on their back, across these players, lying across their middles. On your call, the group has to propel the... MORE

07/18/2019 | Rugby drills

Essentials for the warm-up

One of the key influences you have on your team is in the hour or so before the match. Learn how to maximise that time to bring the best out of your players and get them flying from the first whistle. MORE


Small-sided games, and how to get the most from...

Players love games...and so do we! But are you getting the most out of them? We've got a series of ways to you can exploit the natural desire to play games in training to help develop your players' skills, teamwork and general play. MORE


How you can coach your players to tackle like...

With the 2019 World Cup final only two days away, there's never been a better time for coaches to show players what's happening at the top end of the game. And then to put some of these into practice during training and into matches. MORE


Videos of activities to improve passing and decision making

Improve your players' handling by giving them plenty of opportunities to pass the ball in training. Not all the passes are the same, and not all passers either. Help your players discover which works best for them, while giving them hints and tips on how to progress. MORE

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