Practice plans

The speculator 2

The speculator

in Kicking & Catching, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

This session concentrates on players kicking a ball ahead on the ground. They have to control it, gather it and score, as they might when pouncing on a loose pass from the defence for instance. They might have to dribble the ball, or pick up and pass it. Any player may be in this situation and it will be a good source of tries over the season. MORE

How to improve working in pods 3

Pod rugby

in Attack, Practice plans

The use of pods, that is small pre-defined groups of players, used to be the preserve of the top teams. However you can utilise these groups to help your players gain more structure and, crucially, know where they have to run and who they have to support. MORE

How to fend off 2

Fending off

in Attack, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

The fend is controversially illegal up to certain age groups. It is an important attacking weapon though, which can be utilised to beat a player one-on-one or to offload to break through a defensive line. It needs practising, especially so players can use it in games once they’re of age. MORE

Catch me if you can 3

Catch me if you can

in Footwork and evasion, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

Play a game of six versus six and give the attacking team two balls. Strategically the attack should split themselves into two groups as should the defence, the decision making and spatial awareness will become apparent as the game develops. Once a try is scored everyone focuses on the remaining ball. Start with touch rugby before developing into full contact. MORE

How to improve rucking 2

Ruck, ruck, ruck

in Practice plans, Rucking & Mauling

Get rucking. This session will make your players ruck more than they will in a game, so they will be more than match ready. They will have to ruck fast, efficiently and when they are tired. The session takes place in a square, so players cannot arrive from the wrong angle or side. MORE

How to spin out of tackles and provide options 3

Spin doctors

in Attack, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

Spinning out of a tackle can provide the momentum to break through it and move beyond the defender. Support players need to read the spin and be on hand to take a pass. This session works on both these skills. MORE

How to shape the 10s options and build awareness 3

10 options… pivot plays

in Attack, Practice plans

The fly half (10) is known in some parts of the world as the “pivot player”. From his controlling position he can launch his team away from the opposition forwards and into open spaces. He needs to be comfortable with his options and this session builds the awareness to appreciate them. MORE

How to attack in tripods 2


in Attack, Practice plans

The most simple support system has one player either side of the ball carrier. This tripod formation means that the ball carrier can turn either way in contact or before contact to find support. However the system only works if the supporting players react correctly. This session creates situations for the supporters to read the movements of the ball carrier. MORE

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