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

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Let's have a ball

Let’s have a ball

From Rugby Coach Weekly This great fun way to introduce the right body positions to drive in rucks encourages the correct use of shoulders and best placement of arms and hips. Why use it To develop young players’ confidence in ruck contact and ingrain effective body shapes. Set up A 10m square, a Swiss/ exercise ball. […]

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Let your 10 dictate attack - get others to defend

Let your 10 dictate attack – get others to defend

By Eamonn Hogan, experienced rugby coach working with representative teams in the UK and the US Quade Cooper, Dan Parks and even Toby Flood are all 10s who have been shifted to the wing or full back in defence at international level. Why do teams hide their 10s in defence? Size Most coaches feel the […]

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Better ruck decision making

Better ruck decision making

From Rugby Coach Weekly Don’t waste your ruck bullets. Make sure your players know when to “shoot” at the ruck, and when to leave it alone. Start the process by making them understand when and where the threat to the ruck is going to happen, so they can judge what the best action is. Why use […]

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Ensure your ball poaching satisfies the referee

Ensure your ball poaching satisfies the referee

From Rugby Coach Weekly Referees are very sharp on ball poachers who put their hands on the ground before grabbing for the ball. You must make your players whiter-than-whiter and also far more accurate in this area. It will reduce your penalty count and increase your chances of stealing the ball. Make sure that your ball […]

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7 coaching risks worth taking

7 coaching risks worth taking

From Rugby Coach Weekly Sometimes you have to be bold when coaching. Take a risk that can change something for the better. Nothing ventured, nothing gained – so try these ideas for size. 1. Let someone else take a coaching session Don’t employ a guest coach – use one of the players. Step back and let […]

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Perfect contact body shapes with slow motion tackling

Perfect contact body shapes with slow motion tackling

Young players have poor body shapes in contact because they are not strong in the core and have not had a chance to hone their skills. You can accelerate the learning process by slowing down their contact techniques in training so they can feel the right body positions to get into. In slow motion, a […]

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Persuade your players to run straight

Persuade your players to run straight

By Paul Tyler, Scottish Rugby Union level 3 qualified coach, former SRU rugby development officer and a qualified referee Create a team of players who go forward with the ball and find space rather than run backwards or sideways which is a common trait among very young players. Why use it Develop understanding of the […]

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Prevent boredom when doing core skills

Prevent boredom when doing core skills

From Rugby Coach Weekly Kids are not the only ones with short attention spans – all players get bored if they are repeating the same thing. There are different training strategies you can use to ensure your players stay focused by keeping your sessions active, enjoyable and purposeful. 1. Balance games and training There are different […]

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Turn the ball carrier in the tackle

Turn the ball carrier in the tackle

By Paul Tyler, Scottish Rugby Union level 3 qualified coach, former SRU rugby development officer and a qualified referee Improve your turnover rate by coaching tacklers to turn the ball carrier in the tackle. Increase tackler’s awareness of their role and of opportunities to win turnovers. Develop aggression in the tackle and a pride in […]

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