EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

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Game changer

in Return to play, Small-sided games

Challenge players to react to the chance to have an extra player in attack and how to defend against it. It’s a quick game, so decisions will need sharp action. No match has unequal numbers unless there’s a yellow card. But sometimes the attack has an overload as a tackler is temporarily indisposed. Replicate that with this game. The “changer” will be doing most of the thinking. MORE

Load the bases

in Attack, Return to play, Rugby drills

Fast recycling players is a feature of any top team. It means that players are in a position to take the ball from the next breakdown. If they are ready, they can attack with pace. When players reposition themselves after a set-piece or a ruck, they have to read the game and know their roles. A better understanding of this will enhance your team’s attacking cohesion. MORE

Great player in-game questions for Ready 4 Rugby

in Return to play

Use these questions to support planning and reflection in your players as they are playing Ready 4 Rugby matches/training. Below each question, I add some of the possible answers and follow up questions. Of course, the players may come up with even better thoughts. MORE

Footwork bumps

in Footwork and evasion, Return to play, Touch, Tag & Sevens

Encourage your players to use good footwork in small spaces by avoiding contact. These two fun activities are excellent for warming up body and mind. Though rugby is a contact game, avoiding it is a core skill. There are no set techniques because each player will have their own style. Let them develop it in these two activities. MORE

Square support

in Attack, Return to play, Rugby drills

Get the ball carrier to attack straight and then the supporting player to move in behind to react to where the ball carrier moves to. Avoid the support player dictating where the ball carrier runs to. Instead, he has to be in the best position to take a pass if the ball carrier needs support. MORE

RTP: Four corners

in Passing & Handling, Return to play, Small-sided games

Use this passing and movement game to help players work on their decision making, 360 visual and communication skills plus improve their evasive running. You can easily adapt the set up to allow more players and change the length of the passes. Think about using different balls too, like netballs or tennis balls. MORE

Great player pre-session questions for Ready 4 Rugby

in Return to play, Rugby coaching

Use these questions to support planning and reflection in your players before taking part in Ready 4 Rugby matches/training. These are the pre-session questions. Below each question, I add some of the possible answers and follow up questions. Of course, the players may come up with even better thoughts. THE QUESTIONS What opportunities do the... MORE

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