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

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Plan for windy conditions

Plan for windy conditions

If there is a significant breeze on match day, well-prepared plans need to be put into place. This is far more than a quick chat with the 10 before the game. Work specifically with your tactical kickers rather than just “kick with the wind”. They need to know when to kick as does the rest […]

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Avoiding the X-men

Avoiding the X-men

Match the sizes of players in this game of tackling and touch. Smaller players get confidence by tackling who they want while the big players – the X-men – can only tackle each other. Why use it Develop contact skills in a sympathetic environment, ensuring your smaller players are protected while building confidence. Set up […]

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Dress for coaching success

Dress for success in training

From Rugby Coach Weekly Appearance is a key factor in making players pay attention to you. Not all of us are natural models, but you still need to look smart to get the most out of your team. If you’re scruffy or inappropriately dressed it suggests your coaching will be equally haphazard. Here are a […]

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High speed pop passes

High speed pop passes

By Ian Diddams, RFU coach tutor with over 20 years experience in coaching at grassroots level Overview Short, sharp passing in close proximity can prove effective not only in keeping the ball away from contact but also in defeating tightly packed defences. Set up You will need: A 20m x 5m channel Groups of five […]

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Different options at contact

Different options at contact

Challenge your players to think about how to approach contact and what choices to take under pressure in the tackle area. 1. Mark out a 12m square area then divide it into two boxes – box A is 4m wide and box B is 8m wide. Have four attackers, one with a ball, stand at […]

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Jack Knife: Game-like ball placement

Jack knife: Game-like ball placement

By Eamonn Hogan, experienced rugby coach working with representative teams in the UK and the US Overview This exercise will allow players to begin the process of game-related practice with ball placement. Set-up Put players in pairs by a marked line on the field or a line of cones. One player with a ball lies […]

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3 touch rugby games for better handling

3 touch rugby games for better handling

Touch rugby is a good way to build skills but you need to have a number of modifications up your sleeve. Here are three that work on handling: 1. Three-second touch The ball carrier has three seconds to release the ball after he has been touched but can keep running. This promotes offloading and support […]

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How to coach a low tackle

U9 U10 How to coach a low tackle

Bring the opposition down with this exercise on tackling low. Get your players used to making low tackles and getting the ball carrier to ground quickly. 1. Put an attacker on the ground on his front with a tackler, also on the ground, 3m away, facing him. Put the ball in front of the attacker. 2. […]

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5 ways to think better defensively

5 ways to think better defensively

Follow these 5 important tips to make sure you cover the key areas of defence, even if you don’t have the resources to have a specialist defence coach. 1. Start specialising Like the set piece or kicking, defence is a specialist area which needs detailed attention. It cannot be something that is done as a […]

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