EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

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09/15/2021 | Defence

Risk and reward for jackling

Attempting to steal tackle ball, jackling, can lead to turnovers but also has a nasty habit of leading to penalties. Weigh up the risks and rewards with your players. MORE

Mini tag


07/28/2020 | Mini tag

Return to play: Minis and juniors try chasers

Get your ball carriers used to running forward to score tries. This session can be run as a warm-up or as a proper tackling session as well. Often players fail to run forwards even when they know the try line is that way. This session should encourage them to attack a space in front them and go for it. MORE

Small-Sided Games


08/11/2021 | Small-sided games

NFL touch

Using an NFL theme of gaining ground for each attack, this skills game focuses on the principle of support. It encourages players to focus on pass and follow actions and understand what good support looks and sounds like. MORE


Bump pop rip 3

Bump, pop, rip

Keep your players balanced and stable in the contact situation by getting them to “bump, pop, rip”. The “bump” is a controlled drive into the contact area, so the ball carrier is never off balance. He can then pop the ball to a team mate or have it ripped away. The pop is more dynamic, the rip more secure. MORE

Clear it 3

Clear it

Giving an accurate clearing pass should be a basic skill that all your players develop, just like running, passing and tackling. This session, “Clear it”, allows you to improve your players’ passing technique, while developing the decision making skills needed to fill in at 9. MORE

How to to be aggressive in contact and present the ball 3

Get it back

Being aggressive in the tackle and presenting the ball well will create quicker ball at the ruck. This session focuses on how your players take contact if they can’t avoid it. Winning the contest at the breakdown is a fundamental piece of your core unit skills. MORE


09/4/2021 | Rugby drills

My three go-to warm-ups

"When asked what my three go-to U12s warm-ups are, I have no hesitation in listing them out", says Dan Brockhurst, owner of DB Sports Coaching. MORE

08/31/2021 | Rugby drills

Warm up with rondos, the grid game, prison break...

Here are four great warm-up games to energise your players while working on skills and decision-making. Notice that I'm keen to showcase player-led activities for warm-up games. This is a good chance to build more cohesion amongst the players, while you are still providing a certain amount of control on the direction of the session.  MORE


09/19/2021 | Round-up Rodeo with Phil Llewellyn

Roundup Rodeo Ep60: Reviewing the best content

Host Phil Llewellyn with guests review some of the many great podcasts, books, articles and webinars from the last week.  This week's guests: Nick Davey, Director of Hockey at Sedbergh School and England Hockey performance centre head coach, Beckie Middleton former England and Great Britain hockey international, Guildford Men's 1st team head coach and coach educator and Helen Weston, Lymm Hockey Club head coach, England Hockey performance pathway coach and teaching assistant specialising in Maths, English and PE. MORE

09/12/2021 | Round-up Rodeo with Phil Llewellyn

Roundup Rodeo Ep59: Reviewing the best content

Host Phil Llewellyn with guests review some of the many great podcasts, books, articles and webinars from the last week.  This week's guests: Nic Evans, Course lead for Physical Education and Youth Development at St Mary's University, Level 4 Rugby Coach and Joe Harwood, Bristol Bears Community Foundation Community Coach, Level 3 Coach. MORE

08/29/2021 | Rugby drills

Webinar and links: Early season guide for U12s to...

Here’s the recording of the webinar on U12s to U16s early season planning with head of rugby at Desborough College, David Kilcoyne. When the recording starts, we are talking about what laws are coming into play at the start of the season, post covid, before we begin the main presentation after four minutes. Here are... MORE


06/15/2021

Sessions that develop better tackle height

The RFU has brought forward plans to reduce the tackle height at age grade rugby to below the armpits. Talking to experienced school coaches in particular, they don't see much change in the impact on the game as a whole. However, it is an excellent opportunity to reexamine your tackle technique training. MORE

05/18/2021

Better communication and support

If our players communicated more effectively, then the ball carrier would know when to pass or when to take contact. Create more opportunities for this to happen by making it matter. The best exercises provide chances for players to see the value in calling for the ball. Here are four good activities to use. MORE

05/6/2021

Lions’ selection: The coach’s joy and pain

Did Warren Gatland pick the right players for the British and Irish Lions summer tour to South Africa? His team of selectors will have been looking at balance and the style that they want to play. They might not pick the best players but more likely combinations that will complement each other. MORE

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