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

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Sharp attack

Sharp attack

From Rugby Coach Weekly When I first used this game it really sorted out who could seriously progress as a rugby player. It was with a representative under 25s team. Most of the players had tasted academy rugby and this was another chance to show whether they were up to moving up to next level. Work […]

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3 fun and practical tackling games

3 fun and practical tackling games

I’m always on the look out for new ways to teach tackling. The more activities you can use, the more chance you have of building confidence in your players while still keeping things fresh. There are two key elements to the tackle: getting close enough to make the tackle and the grip. These games should […]

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Youth rugby: Gate chase

U9 U10 Gate chase

Get players used to drawing a defender towards them and then making a pass inside to a support player. 1. Divide your players into groups of three. Make two players in each group attackers and the other a defender. 2. Put two attackers on one side of the area and a defender on the other […]

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Work on 9-10 communication

Work on 9-10 communication

From Rugby Coach Weekly Use this Boland Cavaliers 9-10 passing exercise to work on your half back link. The South African team’s activity is designed to fatigue the 9 so he has to concentrate on accuracy. Why use it The 9 can perfect the sweep ball to 10 who is constantly changing his distance to […]

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Improve breakdown skills with "match-like sessions"

Improve breakdown skills with “match-like sessions”

By Eamonn Hogan, experienced rugby coach working with representative teams in the UK and the US A “match-like session” places players in situations close to the real thing. Introducing a skill in a competitive arena at training will assist players to develop those skills in situations that reflect as accurately as possible, the situations they […]

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How can you win without tactics?

How can you win without tactics?

By Eamonn Hogan, experienced rugby coach working with representative teams in the UK and the US Use a philosophy rather than a set game plan to score more tries than the opposition. Tactics will often confuse children but ideas for playing the game in a set way won’t. As your players become more skilled and […]

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Youth rugby: Passing pace

Youth rugby: Passing pace

Encourage accurate passing and communication when running in support. 1. Set out a 10m x 6m area with sets of three 2m cone gates at 3m, 5m and 7m. Put three attackers along one side of the area with the cone gates in front of them. Give a ball to a player at one end. […]

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Balanced Running

Balanced running

By Colin Ireland, Physical Education teacher with sixteen years’ experience working for the Scottish Rugby Union Fluid play and keeping the ball alive needs the attacking players to be balanced and in position to offload the ball. The players should become comfortable with carrying the ball in both hands, work on this with this session. […]

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How you should be practising kicking

How you should be practising kicking

Kicking is something you would rarely do in training but it is such a big part of the game it pays dividends to get it right. Use this session to perfect your teams kicks. Why use it To go forward, gain territory, put your opponents under pressure – and score tries. Set Up A 40m […]

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My favourite 4v2 attacking scenario

My favourite 4v2 attacking scenario

I like to look for drills that can easily be adapted to work for different abilities, and even add in new skills A good example of this is my favourite 4v2 attacking scenario. It comes from Sean Holley, former Ospreys and Bristol coach. It’s got something to offer for all players above the age of […]

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