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Four fun games for mini tag (and older players...

in Email Newsletters, Mini tag, Small-sided games

Need to inject some new ideas in training. Sometimes the old games have run their course. Well, for the time being anyway. Here are some fun games which are quick to set-up and, with few rules, give the players new challenges. Though they are primarily aimed at mini-tag, you can easily adapt them for older players. I think you find the energy generated quite uplifting. MORE

Tactics for November rugby

in Email Newsletters, Tactics

When the weather changes, so must our tactics. Generally, whatever part of the world you are in, as the season progresses, the weather does get wetter and colder. Pitches become muddier and the ball more slippery. You and your players need to adjust tactics. MORE

Fun activities and games to improve evasive skills

in Email Newsletters, Footwork and evasion

Rugby is both a collision and an evasive sport. Defenders want to collide into attackers. Attackers want to evade defenders. That's why footwork is a core skill for rugby. Skipping through a few ladders might add some agility, but it's best to deal with actual, moving bodies. Sometimes it's just straight-line speed you need. Other times it's lateral or sideways movement. Often it's a bit of both. MORE

Activities, sessions and drills to work on mauls in...

in Email Newsletters, Rucking & Mauling, Rugby drills

Most mauls start from a lineout. However, they can still be formed in open play, sometimes by design and sometimes by accident. The mauls laws have changed slightly over the last year, but the principles remain the same. A maul is a ball carrier and teammate being held by a defender. Note that it's not a maul until the attacking teammate binds on, no matter how many defenders are surrounding the ball carrier. MORE

Power up your own coaching so your technical expertise...

in Email Newsletters, Team Management

Technical and tactical coaching is an essential part of any sport. It's fundamental to safety. It's also fundamental to allow players to enjoy the game. Yet, if we focus our own coaching efforts into these areas, we might forget to power up our own delivery. In other words, how we coach is just as important as what we coach. You might have the next killer move up your sleeve, or be able to solve a nagging technical issue. But if the players aren't truly engaged and motivated, the power of that potential improvement is lost in translation. MORE

Develop a player-centred defence

in Defence, Email Newsletters

The basic principles of defence are: Go forward Provide support Apply pressure Regain possession As you can see, they don't explicitly say tackling. So, if we really want to improve our defence, we have to look at the whole, not just one of the parts. MORE



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