Practice plans

Covering core and advanced skills, each Practice Plan provides the blueprint for an entire session for you to run with your team. A quick read through and you've got a ready-made session to take on to the pitch. Perfect for when you're running late and don't have time to hunt around for new ideas.

Practice Plans can be adapted by the coach to suit any age group from age 7 to 16, and are appropriate for adult teams. As a Rugby Coach Weekly subscriber you can access all 200 Practice Plans on the website covering the entire range of skills and tactics, in a format you can easily print and take to training.

How to improve at the breakdown 3

Winning ball at the breakdown

in Contact, Practice plans

Being aggressive in the tackle and presenting the ball well creates quicker ball at the ruck. This session focuses on how your players take contact if they can’t avoid it. Winning the contest at the breakdown is a fundamental piece of your core unit skills. MORE

How to coach talk the talk drill- part 1

Talk the talk

in Attack, Practice plans

This session makes oral communication a feature. It forces the players to be accurate, concise and urgent when they are without the ball – both in attack and defence. You will see the difference when you take the communication option away. MORE

How to make use of an extra player in attack 2

Added extras

in Attack, Practice plans

Creating an extra player in attack is a great advantage. It certainly makes the decision making process for your players more straightforward. It is even more of an advantage if the extra player arrives from deep and at speed. MORE

How to sharpen the 9 and 10 decision making 3

Running the show

in Attack, Backs moves, Practice plans

Most teams, despite attempts to be more flexible, need the same 9 and 10 in position to run the game. “Running the show” will help sharpen these players’ decision making skills and help the other players understand the half backs’ role in different parts of the game. MORE

How to improve low tackling 3

Low tackling

in Practice plans, Tackling

Low tackles stop the progress of ball carriers. While they are more difficult to avoid, they also require more courage on the part of the tackler. So use this session to encourage good technique, but also create greater confidence in the tackle. MORE

How to improve rucking 3

One on rucks

in Practice plans, Rucking & Mauling

The first attacking player to the tackle contest can ensure quick ball but only if he can protect the tackled player. Especially with less experienced and younger players, one player can dominate the ruck with a good body position, either until the ball is cleared or further support arrives. MORE

Daisy cutters

in Passing & Handling, Practice plans

Having to receive a low pass at knee level or below (a “daisy cutter” pass) happens no matter how much your team practises. Help your players prepare to cope with this type of pass so they never drop the ball or knock on and keep the attack moving. This is achieved by turning a poor pass into a good pass in one smooth movement. MORE

How to cover overlaps 2

Overlap cover

in Defence, Practice plans, Tackling

When your opponents have extra players in attack and create an overlap, it is crucial your team works hard to scramble back. Players must slide across in defence to cut down the attack’s space and tackle the ball carrier. This session outlines how to implement such an overlap cover. MORE

How to improve wrap up and attacker and increase chances of turnovers 3

Wrap up and turnover

in Defence, Practice plans, Tackling

Wrapping up the ball carrier in a smother tackle stops them passing or presenting the ball on their terms. It also slows the attack down, letting your defence get organised. There is the added opportunity to regain the ball if the tackler can pull the player down and turn them to your side. MORE

How to execute the dummy scissorts pass 1

Dummy scissors pass

in Attack, Backs moves, Practice plans

Dummy scissors pass (DSP) is a simple move that can be used by all the players, not just the back line. It is still used by the top sides in a number of situations. These teams have added extra decoy runners and other variations, but at the core is the DSP. This move will add an attacking edge to your team from all phases. MORE

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