Adjusting training games to develop attacking shape

in Rugby drills

In essence, I wanted to create defensive games which would force attacking teams to realign with more depth. The rewards were aimed squarely at the defence. If they were successful, they would either gain the ball, or in the case of the overloaded game (where there were more attackers than defenders), they would move over into the attacking team. MORE

CBD as a natural treatment to improve recovery

in Rugby coaching

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is becoming more popular as a way to aid recovery. Here's an introduction to how it might benefit your players. By Robin Roy Krigslund-Hansen. Cannabidiol (CBD), is a non-psychoactive compound derived from the cannabis plant. Nowadays, CBD is finally gaining popularity as a natural treatment for a wide range of health conditions, including recovery of muscle tissue, inflammation, pain management, improving sleep quality, and promoting overall muscle recovery. MORE

My best tackle drill

in Rugby drills, Tackling

This is my favourite tackle drill because it works on both shoulders and gets in lots of dynamic repetitions of the tackle. You can easily dial up and down the pace of the drill to suit the needs of your players. Ideally, you focus on one aspect of the tackle in this drill, running it for no more than five minutes at a time. MORE

Fitting in the fight

in Contact, Rugby drills

Rugby training should be physical at times, and with that, the players must want to win contact situations. How do you create that atmosphere in a positive way in your sessions? MORE

Two games to change the picture

in Small-sided games

Twenty years of writing about coaching makes you reflective. I did use games 20 years ago. I invented some at the time, and still use variations of them. You would think by now I would have seen them all. MORE

Game: Catch them out

in Kicking & Catching, Rugby drills

Use this game of catch, pass and movement to work on players’ quickness, high ball awareness and ability to handle under pressure. You can add lots of variations to the initial game. Organise to take a high ball, like from a kick-off and then put the opposition under pressure. MORE

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