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 execute perfect miss passes 2

Execute perfect miss passes

in Passing & Handling, Practice plans

The miss pass is frequently misused. When executed at the right time, it releases attackers but too often allows defenders to drift out and push the attack towards touch. This session will develop the understanding of when to use a miss pass - or not. MORE

How to improve the rucking technique 1

Can’t ruck, won’t ruck

in Practice plans, Rucking & Mauling

All your players have to be able to clear away defenders at the breakdown. Though you won’t want your 9 or 10 to do too much of this work, they may be the first ones there. This session forces players to learn and creates confidence to ruck more. MORE

How to coach improved handling in the tackle 3

Offload mates

in Passing & Handling, Practice plans

The angle and timing of the support player makes an offload (pass out of the tackle) work. Because the ball carrier is falling over or being manhandled by the defender, he needs to be confident that support is in place for him to release the ball. This session works on the different angles a support player can take. MORE

Heads up: Win all your rucks

in Practice plans, Rucking & Mauling

Winning the space over the ball after the tackle can be the difference between quick and slow ball. If a player gets his head over and beyond the ball-and remains on his feet - it is likely his team will gain possession. This session works on the technique needed to do this and stay on the feet. MORE

How to improve rucking 3

Standing in the tackle

in Attack, Practice plans

Collapsing in the tackle is a problem for an attacking team. It gives the defence more opportunity to steal or slow down the ball because it is more difficult for support players to get in behind the ball carrier. Use this session to build understanding of how to keep going forward in the tackle. MORE

How to coach strike running from the deep 2

Strike running from the deep

in Attack, Practice plans

The pace of the attacking line can be enhanced by a player entering from a deep position. The timing of this run comes from lots of practice so players find it easier to read running lines and get timing right. MORE

How to coach tackle technique and timing 3

Sitting ducks

in Practice plans, Tackling

Some tackles are tougher than others but players must not miss the “sitting duck” tackles, where a ball carrier is stationary or running sideways. Without much forward momentum, your players can gain an advantage and complete an effective tackle with a chance for a turnover. This session gives weaker tacklers some confidence. MORE

How to improve offloading skills 1

Offload options

in Attack, Practice plans

We know a simple offloading game can devastate defences. Players need the skills and the confidence to know exactly how and when to offload. This session builds the technique in a game-related way so the passer and receiver can understand their options. MORE

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