EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Tackle, change feet

in Tackling

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

VIDEO: Tackle, recover

in Defence, Rugby drills, Tackling

Use this tackle tube activity to focus on good technique under pressure, with lots of strong repetitions and enough distractions to keep the players fully aware of their team mates in the defensive line. This is low-impact exercise is ideal to develop the technical aspects of the skill. MORE

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Last Tackle

in Small-sided games, Tackling

This game is an excellent “game understanding” exercise. It requires the awareness to read a situation and make the right decision, whether that’s choosing to run the ball or implement a suitable kicking strategy. MORE

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The Triangle

in Passing & Handling, Small-sided games, Warm Ups

In this warm-up game, passing and catching are important, but vision and awareness are paramount. When the player is lining up to run, he needs to know who is going, when he needs to go, who he’ll receive from, who he’ll pass to and where he’ll line up next. MORE

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Turnover Defence Game

in Defence, Small-sided games

In a real match situation, teams need to be ready to adjust from attack to defence, or vice versa, in the blink of an eye. This game helps players understand how to gain field position and realign quickly when play changes round suddenly. MORE

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Two Ball Challenge

in Small-sided games

A game of quick reactions that promotes the need to switch from attack or defence quickly, and examines both the mindset and the tactics needed to cope with a fast-changing situation. MORE

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Four Play

in Small-sided games

This variation on two-handed touch rugby promotes moving the ball at speed. It’s a good exercise for developing game sense and awareness skills, as players need to be head up at all times, supporting team mates and looking for options. MORE

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Spot The Pad

in Attack, Small-sided games

This is a game that encourages players to think about field position and attacking perceived weaknesses in the opposition’s defensive line. It also makes them aware of what they must do to protect any vulnerability in their own team. MORE

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