A book review of Ulitmate Crush: Waseda University Rugby, Leadership and Building the Strongest Winning Team in Japan Katsuyuki Kiyomiya translated by Ian Ruxton. The Japanese love slogans. Ultimate Crush, which was coined for the Waseda University rugby team, translates differently according to the dialect used*, but the core meaning of “overwhelming victory” is clear. MORE
Quick release rugby coaching game
Set up rugby coaching drill
- Players: 4 v 4.
- Area: 10m square split into four equal boxes.
- Equipment: One ball.
Run the drill
- Start in any box and allow the first ball carrier two seconds to run and pass before his marker can move.
- Allow touch tackling only to begin with.
- Dropped or intercepted balls, failure to release the ball in three seconds if touched, or running out of the area leads to a restart for the other team.
One point for five consecutive passes
What to call out
- “Use short sharp changes in direction.”
- “Pass into spaces for the receiver to run on to.”
- “Anticipate where to pass the ball before you receive it.”
Key rugby coaching notes
- Players will find that looped or lobbed balls will be easily intercepted. Firm passing is essential.
- The use of non-verbal communication helps. The players should consider using their hands to show which direction they are going to head towards.
- “Fast, slow, fast” should be the mantra for players looking to escape from their markers.
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