EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

ACTIVITY: Better communication in the contact area

I love using this exercise as part of the warm up. There’s not much running, meaning lots of opportunities for plenty of low-level repetitions of the same “drill” but with different small outcomes.

In Choose the right contact option, the players:

  • Make quick decisions.
  • Adjust their attacking and support roles based on different information.
  • Communicate together to help each other make better decisions.

I would start the players off at walking pace . This gives them an understanding of what they can do before you add in more pressure.

You can decide on how many errors you would expect.They may look for contact if you set the level close to zero. A rip is certainly more secure. However, you can discuss with them the potential for risk and reward of passing before contact and drawing a defender.

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