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In tough times, how rugby training keeps us going

in Email Newsletters, Rugby drills

I've just watched a brilliant, energetic colts sessions. The players loved their own company and the coaches acted as their safety net. They made sure they had the right breaks and sanitised. Of course, everyone wants to be back playing matches, but this is the next best thing. Here are some ideas to give your training sessions some different ideas so there is variety, learning and a sense of purpose. It is particularly important to retain that direction because it helps bind the players and coaches together. It doesn't have to be too formal. However, motivation comes from learning so some sense of progression is important. MORE

Evasion skills warm-ups and games

in Email Newsletters, Footwork and evasion, Rugby drills, Warm Ups

Evasion is a fundamental movement skill. Players use in pretty much all their activities, without necessarily focusing on the specific skills they need. Without becoming too bogged down in the technical requirements, you want to improve your players starting and stopping, balance, change of direction and acceleration. With that comes an awareness of space, time, teammates, the opposition and the ball. MORE

Good planning for good routines for happier players

in Email Newsletters, Rugby coaching, Rugby drills

Players respond well to routines at training. It gives them a safe environment where they feel comfortable to express themselves. That's one of many reasons to plan your session. That doesn't mean you don't have some flexibility and are prepared to adjust. But do that from a plan. Here's a potential plan which gives you and your players a good mix of the familiar and the new. You can stretch them in an activity they've done before, adding wrinkles as the players progress. You can introduce different techniques, tactics and skills in that part of the session or a new one. MORE

Get more from these four great adaptive games

in Email Newsletters, Small-sided games

Games in training are fun. They can also be extremely productive in helping players develop their skills and game understanding. London Irish Academy coach Rhys Davies has taken four well-known adaptive games and looked in detail on how you and your team can gain a load more. He does this by looking at alternative rules, developing more constraints, asking pertinent questions to both attack and defence. Each activity comes with possible answers, plus a pocket-friendly PDF handout rules and question reminder. There are also skill zone ideas to help you fit this into a full session. MORE

Action Stations! Stage C & Ready 4 Rugby

in Email Newsletters, Return to play

Action stations! With the RFU approving Stage C for amateur rugby teams, English teams have more options to work with. We expect the other UK countries to have similar arrangements in place very soon. While there is no contact yet, teams can play up to 10-a-side touch rugby in training and use upskilling activities with significantly larger groups. MORE

Return to play: Games, drills and fitness testing

in Email Newsletters, Return to play

You want your training to be purposeful. That means players feel they've gained something from the session. Here's a mix of handling, fitness and kicking games to help populate your training sessions for the return to play. It looks a lot like pre-season of course. You will see the fundamentals of skills, teamwork and movement, but little or no focus on tactics or contact. MORE

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