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Lineout training tips and defensive tactics

It’s an age-old saying, but often applies to the lineout: don’t spend too much time on the tricks when you need to make sure you know the trade.

Some coaches will concentrate on clever lineout plays, when in fact a good throw, jump and/or lift can be sufficient in the first place.

Warm up with Lineout footwork, a video session from Phil Davies, who’s coached at Premiership and international level. The fun activity focuses on getting both jumpers and lifters into position quickly and accurately.

Then develop a stronger connection between your thrower and jumpers. The Pure lineout timing session plan is an ideal follow-on to the warm up, or could be a warm-up on its own.

As your session progresses, use Lineout 3v3 to test out how well your players operate under pressure. It’s a great chance to try out new lifting and jumping combinations. All forwards should be able to perform either one or both of these roles.

Finally, let’s spend a little time on the tricks. In this case, if you do have a fancy lineout defensive play, your relationship with the referee for that day will be vital to make sure you are able to execute to his or her satisfaction. In other words, Be ref-savvy with an aggressive lineout defence.

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