48 Rugby Skills Games

48 ready-made skills games to replicate match-like conditions
Dan Cottrell

Let the game be the teacher with 48 ready-made rugby skills games to replicate match-like conditions and train your players to perform under pressure.

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48 Rugby Skills Games gives you a wide variety of skills games to recreate match like conditions in training and build pressure. Games are recognised throughout all levels of rugby as one of the most effective means of building skills in a way that translates into matches.

Keep playing, and coaching, fun with these skills games. We cover all areas of the game so whatever areas you need to work on there’s a skills game to fit. All the games in 48 Rugby Skills games are designed to be:

Competitive: Tries are scored and points awarded. Players have to work hard to win.

Relevant: Letting you practise under match conditions, at an intensity you can control.

Easy for you to set up: You only need a ball and a few players.

Active: All players are active and involved in both attack and defence.

Outcome focused: Concentrate on the result – winning more matches.

Energetic: Introduce fitness and footwork into your training.

Promote teamwork: Foster team spirit and motivate the players.

In addition, the games are fun to participate in, watch and coach… and no referee is needed!

The games in 48 Rugby Skills Games cover the range of attacking and defending skills, to help your players improve your:

  • Tackling
  • Passing & handling
  • Support play
  • Rucking
  • Mauling
  • Kick & recovery
  • Attacking as a team
  • Defending as a team

The games are all competitive, with clearly defined objectives and scoring systems. They are divided into 3 categories:

  1. Small-sided games
  2. Conditioned games
  3. Game situations

Designed for all players, whatever their skills levels, 48 Rugby Skills Games is a useful resource for any coach who wants to replicate match-like conditions in their training sessions.

This book is available as:

Ebook: We'll give you a link you can use to download and read your book on any device
Printed book: A spiral bound hard copy, we'll send to you in the post
Ebook + Printed book:  The best of both formats at a discounted price


Ebook: Your link to download your copy will be included on the order confirmation webpage and email.  If you set up an account, you'll also be able to download it from there
Printed book: If you are in the UK please allow up to 9 days to receive your copy, Europe up to 14 days, Rest of World up to 18 days.  In most cases you'll receive your copy earlier, but sometimes our deliveries are subject to Customs and Excise checks, and these may cause a delay

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  1. 5 out of 5

    ExcellentPlayers gain better understanding through games. Having 48 Rugby Skills Games as a reference book makes the choice, selection and progression all the more trouble free for the coach to support their players in learning.

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    Dan is a practising RFU Level 3 coach and WRU Course Leader. He is currently the Head Coach of Swansea Schools U15 and has previously held coaching roles with the Young Ospreys Academy and was Assistant Coach on the Wales Women's Team for the 2010 World Cup.
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