Merry Christmas

A Very Merry Christmas From Rugby Coach Weekly

in Blog

First, let me wish you all season’s greetings. I hope you have a chance to put your feet up and reflect on, no doubt, a busy coaching year. We’re really looking forward to 2018 with some great new additions to our Rugby Coach Weekly website, new books, plus loads of ideas for games, activities and... MORE

Maverick and the Goose

in Attack, Mini tag

The attacking player needs to beat the defender. If they can’t, they can pass the ball to their support player. This activity works on evasive skills, creating space, support and continuity. Maverick and the Goose start in the middle of first two boxes Each defender waits 2m inside their box Maverick (ball carrier) runs into... MORE

Coach like a top class defence coach

in Rugby coaching, Tips

Unless you have a large coaching team, either you or one of your coaches has to double up as the defence coach. Here are the key areas to focus on to make sure you have a firm grasp of the role. Follow these important factors to make sure you cover the key areas of defence,... MORE


in Footwork and evasion, Small-sided games

Use this rugby version of the popular arcade game to work on evasive skills, decision making and deception. By Josh Barlow, RDO for the Isle of Wight PacMen start where they want Ghosts start by the balls and pick one up on the call “GO” On “GO”, players can run along any line Ghosts chase... MORE

Kick off session builder

in Attack, Rugby drills

Build up the kick off reception skills to ensure you secure the ball, and then develop the initial support skills to play from that receipt. Two players Throw the ball over the posts to force a drop in the coned square. Develop with the catcher must jump for the ball Three players Add in a... MORE

Sitting ducks

in Defence, Rugby drills

Some tackles are tougher than others but players must not miss the “sitting duck” tackles, where a ball carrier is stationary or running sideways.  This session gives weaker tacklers some confidence. ACTIVITY 1 Two players stand inside the box Throw the ball to one of the players while the other comes forward to tackle them... MORE

Somewhere where they belong

in Blog, Rugby coaching

  What sort of club side do you want to have?  I’m not here to preach what’s best. But I want to share some ideas that I’ve been thinking about recently. I don’t think we can know the real answer to what club side we want to have until we’ve been coaching for a couple... MORE

Counter attack randoms

in Attack, Defence, Passing & Handling, Rugby drills

Develop attackers’ ability to realign after a chase to retrieve the ball and then attack a different type of defence each time. Challenge the defenders to organise on the run too. By Dan Cottrell ACTIVITY Three defenders (A,B,C), each which a number allocated to them Four attackers, in a two and two, run back to... MORE

4-3-2 passing with a purpose

in Attack, Footwork and evasion, Rugby drills

I always maintain that passing should be for a reason – even if it is just because there is someone better placed to take the ball forward. This session works on quick passing under pressure with a passing option at the end. By Dan Cottrell The feeder moves forward and passes The defenders target the... MORE

Jump and field

in Kicking & Catching, Rugby drills, U12+

Every time the catcher has to jump to take the ball, he risks losing it. Use this simple exercise and extension to put pressure on the catcher and any challenger as well. By Dan Cottrell ACTIVITY ŒOne player throws the ball over two ruck pad holders are advancing The catcher comes forward ŽThe catcher jumps... MORE

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