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

Small-Sided Games

08/10/2019 | Small-sided games

Three physical decision-making training games

Using games in training is acknowledged throughout the coaching profession - from grassroots to the top of the professional game - as one of the best ways to improve rugby skills and tactics. Here three games, "power passing", "no-go zones" and "one pass" to develop your players. MORE

How to keep organised in defence against phase ball 3

08/13/2019 |

Combat the flow

From successive rucks many teams simply keep attacking in the same direction until they have exhausted all the space. This draws in so many defenders they struggle to cover across for the next attack. This session looks at how to deal with this. MORE

How to improve defensive structure and technique 2

08/12/2019 |

Chaos defending

Good defence relies on both individual and collective skills. “Chaos defending” exposes your players to situations where they can develop the full set of defensive skills to achieve success. MORE

How to promote close support for offload opportunities 1

08/6/2019 |

Pocket support

Pocket support is a very simple style of support play. As a ball carrier moves towards contact, a support player runs in behind him and “into the pocket”. If the ball carrier cannot pass laterally, or takes contact, he can offload the ball to a player immediately behind him. 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

07/18/2019 | Rugby drills

Essentials for the warm-up

One of the key influences you have on your team is in the hour or so before the match. Learn how to maximise that time to bring the best out of your players and get them flying from the first whistle. MORE

07/16/2019 | Email Newsletters

Warm-up video content | Ruck defence, tackling, contact and...

Getting ready for training needs players to get their bodies and minds in tune. Play lots of games to motivate and engage the players. Then break out into skills zones where your players can start to concentrate on the details. Here are four warm-up skills activities which can be mixed into your training routines, all from our growing video archive. MORE

08/17/2019 | Pre-season

Be practical in pre-season

Erratic attendance rates make pre-season planning a complicated task. So ensure your plans match your needs and the reality of the situation to help your players work effectively. MORE

08/16/2019 | Girls/Womens

The fastest growing team in the West

This summer I was invited down to meet up with the West Swansea Hawks teams and coaches. They are a Welsh Rugby Union girls rugby hub in west Wales, operating with U8s, U9s, U11s, U13, U15 and U18s in the summer months. MORE


Core skills focus for handling, contact, kicking and rucks

In the busy preparation for the season, core skills training plays a vital part in building better outcomes under pressure. Rugby Coach Weekly has a strong focus on this area, with expert analysis and sessions to improve players at all levels. MORE

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