EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

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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

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


02/25/2019 | Rugby drills

Drop-out pressure game

Challenge your players to work out better ways to use the 22m drop-out as a way of pressurising the opposition. This fun game promotes accurate kicking, hard chasing and role understanding. MORE


How to execute perfect miss passes 2

03/19/2019 |

Execute perfect miss passes

The miss pass is frequently misused. When executed at the right time, it releases attackers but too often allows defenders to drift out and push the attack towards touch. This session will develop the understanding of when to use a miss pass - or not. MORE

How to improve the rucking technique 1

03/18/2019 |

Can’t ruck, won’t ruck

All your players have to be able to clear away defenders at the breakdown. Though you won’t want your 9 or 10 to do too much of this work, they may be the first ones there. This session forces players to learn and creates confidence to ruck more. MORE

How to coach improved handling in the tackle 3

03/12/2019 |

Offload mates

The angle and timing of the support player makes an offload (pass out of the tackle) work. Because the ball carrier is falling over or being manhandled by the defender, he needs to be confident that support is in place for him to release the ball. This session works on the different angles a support player can take. MORE



03/21/2019 | Rugby coaching

9 ways to train with a flat ball

Ignore the grumbles of your players – an under-inflated ball can have a number of training benefits. So before you next pump the balls up, consider using a flat ball to enhance your team’s skills… MORE

03/12/2019 | Team Management

Motivate, inspire, improve

All the stars we see on TV started out just like your own players – learning the basics and building on them year on year. Here are four ideas to help youngsters be like their international heroes… MORE


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