Author Archive | Dan Cottrell

U7 & U8: Work together as defenders

U7 & U8: Work together as defenders

ACTIVITY: TRACK THE ATTACKERS Tell players to:  “Move together towards a target” “Tell other defenders which way to move”   1 Three attackers spread out along one of the long sides of the area and two defenders stand on the opposite side. The attackers pass a ball from side to side between themselves. 2 When […]

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Timing your box kicks

Timing your box kicks

The attacking box kick is a much-used tactic at the top level so grassroots coaches should be looking to use it as a means of exerting pressure and gaining territory. Why use it A box kick can be used as a contestable attacking kick in the opposition half and even if they do gather it, […]

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Keep the ball alive

Keep the ball alive

By Colin Ireland, Physical Education teacher with sixteen years’ experience working for the Scottish Rugby Union Overview Being able to keep the ball alive is important when trying to break down well-organised defences and moving the ball forward from A to B can be done much quicker if it’s kept off the ground. Set up […]

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Side-on tackle technique

U9 & U10: Side-on tackle technique

From EasiCoach Rugby Skills Activities U9 & U10 Get your players used to tackling side-on with either shoulder. 1. Split your players into pairs, give them a ball and get them working on a “halfway” tackle. This means that the tackle starts halfway through, with the tackler already in position with his shoulder on the […]

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Work the tight head

Work the tight head

From Rugby Coach Weekly Live situations help you check your tight head’s shape and footwork under pressure from the opposition hooker and loose head. This is key with the “crouch-bind-set” laws. Why use it Prepares your tight head to react to different pressures from opponents while using his own lock and flanker for power. Set […]

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Help parents to help players

Help parents to help players

This is based on an article by Jon Woodward, a Sports Coach UK Coach Education Advisor: The Role of a Sporting Parent: Parents Just Don’t Understand… or do they? Whether you are coaching kids or adults, one of the key people in your players’ lives are their parents. Guide them into making the best environment […]

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Possession under pressure

Possession under pressure

By Mark Calverley, RFU Level 3 and IRB Level 4 qualified coach, and owner of the NZRFU Practicum award – the highest coaching award in New Zealand Simply put, the best way to keep possession in Sevens is to avoid going into contact. In reality however, the opposition will press you and aim to make […]

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One-man rucks

One-man rucks

By Ian Diddams, RFU coach tutor with over 20 years’ experience in coaching at grassroots level Overview In Sevens, winning a ruck with just one player is a vital skill to maximise numbers post contact. Set up Three attackers and three defenders. A 10m x 5m box. Three ruck pads. Three balls. What you get […]

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