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01/13/2019 | Tackling

Tackle, change feet

Develop good footwork in the last few steps before the tackle. First, to power into a tackle situation, and then to adjust as the tackle target moves either to the left or the right. This activity uses low-impact outcomes with tackle tubes to focus on the technical aspects of the skill. MORE

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


06/2/2019 | Small-sided games

Up and down and realign

Use this session to work on attacking and defensive realignment. There will be plenty of noise and reorganisation as players run up and down, replicating quick ball, slow ball and turnover situations. MORE

06/1/2019 | Small-sided games

Play the turnover game

Turning defence into attack effectively needs quick thinking – not only to pass to space but to realign to ensure that space can be exploited. Use this game to recreate the chaos of a turnover. It improves a team’s reaction to turnover ball in defensive and attacking situations. Play 8 v 8 touch rugby where... MORE


how to rip deep and flat 2

06/11/2019 |

Rip, deep and flat

To play a dynamic game, skills have to be executed accurately and effectively. This session focuses on getting the ball away from a contact situation while it is off the ground, and passing it to a receiver to lead the next attack. The key is to be quick and efficient. MORE

How to protect the ball in isolation 2

06/10/2019 |

Up against it

Isolated players are a hazard for teams with attacking ambition. You need to make sure any isolated player, particularly when faced with two defenders, is going to give you quick possession. “Up against it” develops the techniques and skills for ball carriers so they can keep possession until support can arrive and secure the ball. MORE

How to increase the variety of passing 3

06/4/2019 |

Pass, pop, pass

Passing is not a regulation activity. There are different distances to pass depending on the defence in front of the player. Mix up these distances in exercises to challenge your players in more game realistic situations. MORE



05/31/2019 | Rugby coaching

Keeping everyone involved

In every squad, there are slower runners and those who take longer to gain understanding. Such players can become disengaged unless you take steps to involve them. Here’s how to go about it… 1 THE SKILLS Using small workshops provides better coach-to-player ratios and increased individual input. So run concurrent workshops with small groups of... MORE


06/13/2019

Warm up to decision making | Games, drills and...

So, you start your session with a game of touch rugby. Who doesn't love that! Then, you want to break out into some skills. To keep the tempo going, you should involve some decision-making elements. MORE

06/11/2019

Pick the right support lines | Activities, session plans...

Did you know that some teams now even employ an “off-the-ball” coach? They concentrate on all the players who are not directly involved in the ball. Give your players lots of opportunities to judge where they should be in relation to the ball and what they need to do next to be more effective. Use the... MORE

06/6/2019

Plays heads up in defence | Activities, games and...

One of the key principles of defence is to stay connected. That means working as a team to close down the options. So, no matter what defensive system you run, the defenders should be aware of their team mates. MORE

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