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

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3 touch rugby games for better handling

3 touch rugby games for better handling

Touch rugby is a good way to build skills but you need to have a number of modifications up your sleeve. Here are three that work on handling: 1. Three-second touch The ball carrier has three seconds to release the ball after he has been touched but can keep running. This promotes offloading and support […]

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How to coach a low tackle

U9 U10 How to coach a low tackle

Bring the opposition down with this exercise on tackling low. Get your players used to making low tackles and getting the ball carrier to ground quickly. 1. Put an attacker on the ground on his front with a tackler, also on the ground, 3m away, facing him. Put the ball in front of the attacker. 2. […]

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5 ways to think better defensively

5 ways to think better defensively

Follow these 5 important tips to make sure you cover the key areas of defence, even if you don’t have the resources to have a specialist defence coach. 1. Start specialising Like the set piece or kicking, defence is a specialist area which needs detailed attention. It cannot be something that is done as a […]

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Introducing the tackle

Introducing the tackle to young players

From Rugby Coach Weekly Get young players to work on winning the ball before learning how to tackle. Teaching technique, falling and ball presentation before contact breeds confidence. Why use it Teach novice players how to fall when making and taking tackles, how to present the ball and how to win it back. Make the […]

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When and how to correct young players

When and how to correct young players

From Rugby Coach Weekly If a young player is making a mistake, we feel duty bound to do something about it. However, youngsters are often intimidated by corrections and also might not take on board what they need to change. What we must correct Anything that can harm the player or someone else. Th is […]

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Ruck, Ruck, Ruck

Ruck, ruck, ruck

By Paul Tyler, Scottish Rugby Union level 3 qualified coach, former SRU rugby development officer and a qualified referee Overview This session will increase player awareness of the importance of recycling the ball and their ability to do it. It will also develop organisational and decision making abilities to get players in the right positions […]

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U11-U16 Catching the High Ball

U11-U16 Catching the high ball

Get your players used to getting into the “T” shape and making a cradle when catching a high ball. 1. Divide players into groups of three and give each group a ball. Tell each group to get into a 15m triangle and kick the ball high to each other in rotation. 2. Once players are […]

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6 Skills Cicuits

6 top skills circuits

The trouble is that “skills” training can be quite boring because it has to be, by nature, repetitive. That’s not to say you can’t use games and gamification to make things better though. Why not try a skills circuit, with tight timings for each station. Players work in groups of four – as two pairs […]

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5 simple tackle tips

5 simple tackle tips

Boost the confidence of all your players to increase not only their tackling prowess but all-round contact skills and awareness. Tackling is a balance between confidence and technique. Without confidence, the player will put himself in a poor position to tackle – in other words, not put himself in the firing line in the first […]

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Mixing the feet

Mixing the feet

In this simple exercise, combine the main running skills needed to create a fun activity which gets players thinking, running and competing against each other. Why use it? This activity is designed for two players to run against each other while performing rugby-relevant running and evasion tasks. Set up A ball each. Eight cones mark […]

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