EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

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How to improve defensive structure and technique 2

Chaos defending

in Defence, Practice plans

Good defence relies on both individual and collective skills. “Chaos defending” exposes your players to situations where they can develop the full set of defensive skills to achieve success. MORE

How to promote close support for offload opportunities 1

Pocket support

in Contact, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

Pocket support is a very simple style of support play. As a ball carrier moves towards contact, a support player runs in behind him and “into the pocket”. If the ball carrier cannot pass laterally, or takes contact, he can offload the ball to a player immediately behind him. MORE

How to improve side on tackles 2

Side-on tackles to win the ball

in Practice plans, Tackling

Even the top teams recognise they don’t practise side-on tackling enough. In this session, you can also challenge players to think of their finishing position first and then work backwards to see why the side-on tackle is so effective in winning turnover ball. MORE

How to improve to deal with different situations 3

Force and finesse

in Attack, Practice plans

Successful teams have players with both physical and mental strength in attack. This session encourages all your players to learn when to use either power or skill (or maybe both) to beat an organised defence. MORE

How to improve rucking 3

Base ruck

in Practice plans, Rucking & Mauling

Simple to set up, these activities work on improving individual rucking and rucking as a group. There are no bags, just bodies to drive out from the tackle contest. It challenges players to find rucking solution but with a low body position. MORE

How to develop running, passing and decision making through 3v2s part 1

Three v twos

in Attack, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

Nothing is more of a core skill than fixing defenders and passing to space, especially for 3v2s. This session works on converting running and passing skills into good habits in matches. The session ends by putting these skills into a game. MORE

How to break through the defence 2

Break through the defence

in Attack, Contact, Practice plans

Sometimes your players will have no choice but to go through a defence because it is well organised or there is no time to pass the ball out. Your players will need to use good footwork, body positions and support players to win the ball back. This is a bread and butter session. MORE

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



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