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02/2/2020 | Small-sided games

“Raiders” game

In this fast-paced game, teams have to retain possession in a small area and then try to raid the opposition box. It will develop communication, footwork, defence and passing skills. MORE


Core on 3

02/11/2020 |

Core on

“Core on” will teach players the significance of their core strength and how they can utilise it effectively in the scrum. The exercises replicate some of the movements that will happen in the scrum, so players get used to moving around as they scrummage. MORE

Perfecting ball tackling within rules 3

02/10/2020 |

Tackle ball

The tackler can play an important role in winning turnover ball, but only if he can get to his feet quickly after making the tackle. This sessions uses simple exercises to improve the reaction times of your tacklers. It will help them to get up and get back into the game, to “complete the tackle” and compete for the ball. MORE

Kick pass to the wing 3

02/4/2020 |

Kick pass to the wing

The kick pass is becoming more prevalent at the top level and there is no reason why your players cannot use the same tactic. There are risks, but the possible rewards are great because the ball literally flies out to wing. MORE


10/4/2019 | Warm Ups

Print-and-go pre-match warm-up

Use this template to get your team mentally and physically fired-up and ready for their match. Pre-match warm-ups aim to activate the body and  mind ready for the kick-off. But, you cannot cover  your complete game-plan in the warm-up. MORE

08/6/2019 | Warm Ups

VIDEO: Log roll warm-up

A physical, fun and warm-up, log rolls encourage teamwork and prepare players for contact.   Split players into groups of at least six. Put five players in a row, on the ground, shoulder-to-shoulder. Put another player, on their back, across these players, lying across their middles. On your call, the group has to propel the... MORE


02/9/2020 | Podcast

How to use video analysis for training design and...

In the podcast, Geraint explains... The benefits you and your teams get from reviewing video footage from top class games. How you translate what you see in the footage into training design. How you can vary your feedback on the footage to suit different age groups. Different ways to introduce a new technique or tactic. The right focus on when you are watching back videos. How can we watch our games in real time. MORE

02/8/2020 | Rugby coaching

Help put your parents in the right place –...

Dr Camilla Knight and her research team at Swansea University have been looking into the ways that parents interact with their children in a supporting environment. Here’s how their findings can help you work more effectively with your parents. MORE


02/11/2020

Six Nations 2020 pressure lessons: loose ball, contact and...

Some scores from the men's Six Nations this weekend: Ireland 17 Wales 22, Scotland 14 England 5; Ireland 6 Wales 13, Scotland 2 England 0. You guessed it. These are not the final scores, because both Ireland and England won. The first "other result" is defenders beaten, the second, successful offloads. MORE

02/4/2020

Six Nations 2020 defence lessons: coaching activities

"Defence wins games". Of course, that's always half the story. But it was the crucial factor in the opening Six Nations games and especially for France v England, and to a certain extent Ireland v Scotland. And, note that Italy didn't score any points at all against Wales. MORE

01/28/2020

Sevens attack, defence and training | Skills for all...

Sevens always provides plenty of thrills and spills. It is also the toughest examination of individual skills under extreme fatigue conditions. There are no hiding places. While the skills are the same as for the full version of the game, tactics and training are often different. Here is the latest thinking and ideas for improving your sevens coaching. MORE

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