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

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Shouty Keep Ball

5v5 “Shouty keep ball”

From Rugby Coach Weekly Use this simple game to work on communication, movement and handling skills. It is noisy, fun and gets the players active quickly and is one of my best 5v5 games. Why use it Quick to set up, this game can be used as a part of a warm-up or as an […]

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U9-U10 Step left, step right, offload or contact

U9-U10 Step left, step right, offload or contact

Get your players used to stepping left or right before the tackle and then either offloading the ball or taking contact. 1. Make a 1m triangle from three cones. Put a ball carrier and a support player 4m back from one point of the triangle and defenders 3m back from the other two points. Place […]

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4 week plan to recharge your ruck

4 week plan to recharge your ruck

By Colin Ireland, Physical Education teacher with sixteen years experience working for the Scottish Rugby Union It is always a good idea to have a theme for your session that focuses on one aspect. Choose a rucking theme for a four-week refresher. Make a judgment call on your rucking strengths and weakness Think back over […]

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Does 2 laps of the pitch work as warm-up?

Does two laps of the pitch work as a warm-up?

From Rugby Coach Weekly Some teams will warm up with two laps of the pitch. There are three good reasons not to do this: It only suits certain types of players It does not replicate the type of training or game that rugby needs It wastes valuable time that could be used to work on […]

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Crouch-bind-set: RUCK!

Crouch-bind-set: RUCK!

By Ian Diddams, RFU coach tutor with over 20 years experience in coaching at grassroots level Get your front rows’ minds on the new scrum binding and then what happens once the scrum is over – which might be winning the next ruck. Why use it Players have to concentrate on set piece and then […]

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Best 8-Man Scrum Move

The best 8-man scrum move ever!

Attack the left-hand side of the pitch with this scrum move. It can be used to release a good running 7 and create try-scoring opportunities. Why use it Teams rarely go left with a back row move because they are running into the opposition 9. However, use this shielding play with the 7 attacking the […]

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1, 2, 3, step TACKLE!

1, 2, 3 step: TACKLE!

Build up the tackle confidence and techniques of your players by using short distances for the ball carrier to run forward while still aiming to beat the tackler – then increasing them. Why use it The tackler can work on his body height, footwork and leg drive in a low impact environment, while the ball […]

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U16s sweet spot kicking

U16s sweet spot kicking

Something that’s always amazed me is how poor players can be kicking any sort of ball, let alone a rugby ball. I suppose I often think that they practise this enough before training. Here’s a session containing some simple tips on striking the “sweet spot” of the ball to get your players punting the ball […]

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4 times the fly-half should demand the ball

When should the fly-half demand the ball?

When do forwards give the ball to backs? When they want it, of course, which is when: The team is going forward There are less defenders spread out across the field They are in attacking positions The backs have an overlap or mismatch Ignore set pieces and think about when forwards release the ball from […]

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