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 tackle in 2s 3

Double trouble

in Practice plans, Tackling

The two man tackle is a high risk-high reward tactic. When successful it can lead to a turnover behind the gain line. But when executed in the wrong situation it can split your defence wide open. “Double trouble” develops the technique needed and puts players in situations where they have to judge when to make two man tackles. MORE

Rumbling force 2

Rumbling force

in Practice plans, Rucking & Mauling

Build the maul from good individual body positions into a collective force rumbling forward. Each player needs to understand their roles in the maul and this session gives the players different situations to work on their mauling. This session follows on from Session 149 “Maul it”. MORE

Handball 1


in Passing & Handling, Practice plans

How often is an overlap wasted because one pass is poor and the receiver has to check his run to take the ball or drops it? Players need to work in pressure situations where they are challenged to pass quickly and accurately. “Handball” will push your players to their passing limits by making them pass under intense pressure. MORE

How to keep the ball alive in contact 2


in Contact, Practice plans

With sometimes 150 or so tackles made in a game a tackled player’s actions can make the difference between winning and losing. Trying to offload in the wrong situation is extremely risky, but then, so is holding or placing the ball. Groundwork will develop the crucial decision making skills for tackled players and their supporters. MORE

How to make breaks using ins and outs 3

Ins and outs

in Attack, Backs moves, Practice plans

Running complex attack patterns to break the tackle line often doesn’t succeed. The same outcome can be achieved by the late movement of a strike runner into space and a well delivered pass. Running lines known as “ins” and “outs” can be used at any level of the game and, if well executed, will lead to more clean breaks. MORE

How to improve speed through alignment 3

Align for speed

in Passing & Handling, Practice plans

One of the keys to allowing your players to use their handling and running skills is to start from the correct positions. Good alignment means your players can see where the spaces are, exploit overlaps and run on to the ball at pace. MORE

Pick up and run

in Attack, Practice plans

Straight after the tackle, once the ball is placed on the ground, players often have the chance to pick up and run with the ball. With the defence moving backwards, this can exploit their disorganisation. It can be used as part of your game plan to play a quick-tempo game. MORE

How to pass the ball in front of receiver for extra pace 3

Pass to draw

in Passing & Handling, Practice plans

Even if your team is totally dominant among the forwards, your attacking strategy will involve passing. The key is the quality of the pass with the ball directed in front of the intended receiver. MORE

How to improve the timing and the pace of receiving the ball 2

Pace, timing and alignment

in Attack, Practice plans

As phase play develops, your players will find they are sometimes too flat or too deep. This session addresses the problems faced in these situations so that pace can always be put on the ball. MORE

How to go forward through contact 3

Footwork fireworks

in Footwork and evasion, Practice plans

If a player changes direction just before contact, he has a greater chance of breaking the tackle. Younger and less experienced players need to find out which methods of changing direction work best for them. “Footwork fireworks” develops the basics in realistic match-like situations. MORE

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