Here are four rugby training drills to increase leg power and build up players' fitness for areas such as scrummaging, jumping and tackling. MORE
Time for a rugby fitness boost
Players can always be fitter. Even in mid-season, when your team is playing hard rugby every week, you can maintain and improve their edge with well-planned and targeted sessions and advice.
Here are some ideas, tips and myths busted.
First, let’s start with some good fun and easy activities that can be thrown into the warm-up or at the end of a tough session. Rugby fitness drills to improve leg power focus on the technical aspects of the contact area plus speedwork, so are ideal for backs and forwards.
You will also want to advise your players on what they can do outside the session. Make sure your information is up-to-date by reading our Five myths about rugby fitness.
For players who coming back from injury or those who’ve lost their way with fitness, we have some tips on how to Create tailored rugby fitness plans.
Finally, with the festive season fast approaching, you might need to have a Skills calorie-buster session. This is one I’ve often run just after Christmas, but it might need to come a little earlier for some teams as party-time seems to also start earlier every season!