Proven, easy to use rugby drills, practice plans, training tips and advice for grassroots coaches

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4 tackling tips for inexperienced players

4 tackling tips for inexperienced players

By Colin Ireland, Physical Education teacher with sixteen years’ experience working for the Scottish Rugby Union With a large group of players new to tackling, there are four approaches you can take. Use two experienced players to demonstrate tackle technique. Then pair players up and let them have a go, with you observing and helping […]

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Finish off every line break

Finish off every line break

From Rugby Coach Weekly The inside pass is an effective weapon against a sliding defence. The receiver hits a flat pass and a gap in the defensive line to break through. This activity finishes the break with a try. Why use it Breaking through the initial defensive line is good but make sure your team […]

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Create depth in attack

Create depth in attack

From EasiCoach Rugby Skills Activities U9 & U10 Use this session to get your players ready to run onto the ball. 1. Put two blue cones 6m apart then a green cone another 2m on and a red cone 2m after that (you can choose your own colours). Put a feeder just outside the first […]

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Twice the tackler

Twice the tackler

From Rugby Coach Weekly Beef up your defence so players make tackle after tackle. The opposition will be put under immense pressure in attack and will be staggered by your defensive work rate. Why use it We always tell players to get up quickly after the tackle but how often do we create practices to […]

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Ideal support positions

Ideal support positions

By Colin Ireland, Physical Education teacher with sixteen years’ experience working for the Scottish Rugby Union Overview Minis are so enthusiastic about supporting each other they often find themselves overtaking the ball carrier or end up taking the pass standing still. Players will begin to realise that being in the right support position means they […]

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How to get that first win

How to get that first win

You may be one of the number of coaches starting with a new team next season. And you know that it will be a great boost if you can get a “W” from your first match. Any coach who faces his first competitive game in charge is bound to be feeling a little more pressure […]

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U9 & U10 Grapple tackle

U9 & U10 Grapple tackle

From EasiCoach Rugby Skills Activities U9 & U10 Work on the strength of the grip in the tackle so that your tacklers can hold the ball carrier and then use their bodyweight to drag him down. 1. Divide your players into pairs – make one of each pair an attacker and give him a ball. […]

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Receive, react, pass

Receive, react, pass

From Rugby Coach Weekly A simple activity to get your players completing lots of passing and realigning. It also builds up good technique which increases passing confidence. Why use it Improves handling skills under match-like pressure and also forces players to play with their heads up. Set up A coned-off 5m square, seven players and […]

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20 minute safe tackling sessions

20 minute safe tackling sessions

By Mark Calverley, RFU Level 3 and IRB Level 4 qualified coach, and owner of the NZRFU Practicum award – the highest coaching award in New Zealand Former England prop Darren Garforth once revealed that in all of his coaching up to international level, he had never been taught how to tackle safely and correctly! […]

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Do I need to coach simple tactics at U11s?

Do I need to coach simple tactics at U11s?

Yes, you do… Tactics are good because you are teaching players to understand the game as a whole and not just the core skills. You will start to give them ideas on how to score more tries or reduce the number being scored against them. Tactics could include: Keep passes short and run straight. Move […]

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