EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Add rugby value to your touch games

While we’ve enjoyed lots of touch rugby recently, we need to think of more ways to challenge the players to allow them to improve as rugby players.

One way is to think about ball placement. That is, what the tackled player does as they reach the ground. In touch rugby, you can make the touched player fall and present in a certain way.

Here are some ideas around the best options for ball placement and also ways to break out into skills zones.

Encourage your players to think about the pros and cons of ball placement. When coaching within game-play, question players on the effectiveness of their chosen ball presentation and its impact on subsequent phases of play.

Put the ball carrier under pressure to present the ball effectively to reduce the opportunities for a steal/jackle. This low impact ball placement competitive activity to stop the jackle is an ideal warm-up.

Use Bernard Jackman’s ball placement core workout to force the ball carrier to drive the ball back to their own team.

Contact confidence is one of the most difficult things to teach young players because they have different approaches. Work on falling onto the ground and keeping control of the ball with this activity.

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