11/29/2018 | Contact

Dynamic ball placement

Good ball placement is non-negotiable. It reduces the risk of a turnover, allows the next players to clear threats quickly and enables the 9 to clear the ball fast. Use this activity to get it spot on. 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

08/28/2018 | Mini tag

Guide to coaching U7s and tag rugby

Participation and fun are the core outcomes for under 7s. However, concentrate on: Evasive running to score tries - that is running forward but able to step to the side of a defender. Catching and passing - probably when the players are static. Don’t worry about defence. MORE

Small-Sided Games

08/23/2018 | Small-sided games

Drop-off touch

Games that require all the players to participate develop all abilities. In drop-off touch, defenders have to fill in and attackers have to support, involving the whole group. MORE

How to secure the ball in the tackled area 1

12/10/2018 |

First person protector

Winning the space over the tackled player is a key factor in winning quick ruck ball or disrupting an opponent’s attacking ball. Reaction training comes from creating slightly unusual positions for players to work from, so they have to make more quick decisions. MORE

How to develop driving and going forward skills 3

12/10/2018 |

Power ball

Players love simple targets such as moving the ball from one end of a box to another. This session works on the ball carrier and his support making progress while a defender attempts to stop them. This expands into a game where “power ball” might be used. MORE

How to promote support play for the ball carrier 2

12/3/2018 |

Read between the lines

Support runners need to know the line a ball carrier is likely to run and predict where they will need a team mate to pass to. Players can only learn this by following their team mates in training. They must also weave through busy defences. MORE

10/6/2018 | Warm Ups

VIDEO: Fun, competitive passing warm up

Use this kneeling down passing exercise to work on good upper body style for passing, where the players use their shoulders and hip rotation to generate power in the pass, and elbows and wrist to create acceleration and accuracy. It's also good for working on catch and pass techniques in isolation. MORE

12/5/2018 | Rugby coaching

What does a backs coach do?

There’s a lot more to being a backs coach than telling the three-quarters to practise a few moves. So when you split the squad into forwards and backs, what are the essentials that you must cover? MORE

11/22/2018 | Ask Dan

ASK DAN: Activities to make us more clinical in...

A question from a coach who works in senior rugby. On Sunday we were in control of the match (15 to 3) at the end of the first half. Unfortunately we lost 15-21. The main point according to what we have seen, was the lack of patience and skill in maintaining possession and instead a... MORE


How hard do you work your team on the...

The first two principles of attacking rugby are: Gain possession Go forward The third principle is Support. That means plenty of different things, depending on the relationship of the supporting player to the ball carrier. And then, the relationship of the ball carrier to the defence. MORE


Score more tries! Plays, activities, games

How do you help your team score more tries? Of course, you will be working on the attacking basics of catch, pass, support and go-forward. So, let’s build training around that, and then finish with tactical plays that tie these all together. MORE


Time for a rugby fitness boost

Players can always be fitter. Even in mid-season, when your team is playing hard rugby every week, you can maintain and improve their edge with well-planned and targeted sessions and advice. MORE

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