Pressure Cooker Rugby

Coaching That Transitions Smoothly from Training to the Game
Dan Cottrell

20 pressure-applying drills to create the competitive environment you’d expect on match day.


For the first time ever on DVD, Pressure Cooker Rugby is my unique visual guide to coaching in a way that transitions smoothly from training to the game. Your practices should be intense and conducted under the same pressure your players would experience during a match.

First I’ll show you how to focus on getting the techniques right. Then my 20 pressure-applying proven drills will create the competitive environment you’d expect on match day.

Combine these two together and you’ll have the ultimate resource to replicate match-like conditions on the training pitch.

Creating match-like conditions in your training sessions can lead you winning more games. If we train as we mean to play, then it is easier for your players to make the transition from sessions to the game.

Coaching pressure cooker rugby

With 60 minutes of footage, Pressure Cooker Rugby clearly explains how to create pressure for each of these 15 exercises:

  1. Handling offload
    2. Handling width
    3. Handling against the drift
    4. Handling quick ball realignment
    5. Handling in confined spaces
    6. Handling against the blitz
    7. Handling with a wet ball
    8. Defence overload
    9. Defence width
    10. Defence disorganised
    11. Defence danger players
    12. Rucking overload
    13. Rucking retiring
    14. Rucking quick ball creation
    15. Rucking flop overs.

If you’re looking for a “two-in-one” approach for your handling, rucking, defence and attack practices, then this is the DVD for you.



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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