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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 provide support from counter attacks 1

Support seekers

in Attack, Practice plans

Retrieving kicks can mean a chance to counter attack, but it carries risks. Your ball carrier is likely to be behind his team mates and therefore needs to find support so he does not become isolated. This session is about players’ options when running with the ball. MORE

How to build tackling confidence 3

Easy defence

in Defence, Practice plans

Use this session to build tackling confidence and technique with low impacts. Low impact tackling still requires good skills to bring the ball carrier to the ground. It then focuses on completing the tackle by making the tackler get back into the game. MORE

How to coach rucking skills in defence 3

Counter ruck

in Practice plans, Rucking & Mauling

Disrupt teams that do not put enough players into the ruck by counter rucking at the right moments. The first skill is to know how to counter ruck, then when to do it. This session works on developing the technical and decision-making tools to slow down or steal opposition ball. MORE

How to use the short pass under pressure 3

Push pass basics

in Passing & Handling, Practice plans

This is a great revision session because it works on core skills under pressure, especially short passing when the ball carrier is running “offline”. That means he is either running towards the intended receiver or away. This will test how much power he needs to put into the pass and highlights good timing. MORE

Pressure jumping

in Kicking & Catching, Practice plans

This session works on jumping against opponents and can be transferred into lineout contests, high ball or kick-off challenges. Though there is a technical side to the catch, it also recognises that players need to be able to have the desire to want to win the ball in the air. MORE

How to develop options in contact by providing the offload option 2

Offload or not

in Attack, Contact, Practice plans

Continuity out of the tackle is one of the most powerful weapons to break down defences. Players have to decide whether they can offload or go to ground and wait for support. Players must either risk making a pass or keep the ball and present it safely. MORE

How to improve front on tackling 1

Front-on tackles

in Practice plans, Tackling

Most front-on tackles happen in close quarters. Neither tackler or ball carrier can adjust their lines to make it any other way. The majority of front-on tackles happen at the side of a ruck and the tackler has to choose whether to drive up and back or bring the player right down. MORE

How to improve in 50/50 situations 1

Dogs of war

in Attack, Contact, Practice plans

Do your players have the guts to challenge for a 50:50 ball? Often this is all that separates teams in close encounters. When the ball is on the ground, players need to react aggressively to win it – be like Shakespeare’s “dogs of war” – before driving forward. MORE

How to approach outnumbered scenarios 3

Never outnumbered

in Contact, Practice plans

It happens frequently – a ball carrier facing two defenders, isolated from team mates. Players in these situations need to work out how to protect the ball and wait for support. This session works on the roles of both ball carrier and the support player. It is complementary because it also develops the defenders’ roles. MORE

How to keep organised in defence against phase ball 3

Combat the flow

in Defence, Practice plans

From successive rucks many teams simply keep attacking in the same direction until they have exhausted all the space. This draws in so many defenders they struggle to cover across for the next attack. This session looks at how to deal with this. MORE



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