EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Back to action games planning

Next week is back to training in England, back on level terms with the rest of the rugby world.

Challenge your players to think harder about how they play and prepare to play, even if they may not be playing a match at the weekend.

First, play games with a purpose. Of course, retain the elements of fun, but be clear on what potential outcomes each game might have.

Second, play a variety of games and game situations. Mixing up the games will force players into changing mindsets and figuring out different problems.

Here’s a selection of our latest games and scenarios, all published in the last few weeks.

Focus on a principle of play, for both attack and defence with Ged Hall’s Pitch invaders game for go forward.

The Colours game from Tom Brocklebank helps your team think about realignment, which then translates into support and go forward.

Chain reaction challenges both attack and defence to think about space, creating space and covering space.

Finally, Dan Meehan’s Rainbow run decision making game is an ideal small-sided breakout exercise for a burst of 2 v 1s between games.

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