Rugby drills

Rugby drills are the nuts and bolts of the game. Some people object to the word “drill” as it has been used negatively in the past to describe activities where players spend more time in lines than they do practising. But, they are a fundamental part of coaching. So whether you call them drills, activities, sessions, games… this is the most valuable section of the site for you.

The rugby drills in this section will help you coach your players in the core skills of the game. We’ll tell you what to look out for, how to get the ideas over to your players, and we’ll give you games and exercises to really power-up their skills.

Introducing the tackle

Introducing the tackle to young players

From Rugby Coach Weekly Get young players to work on winning the ball before learning how to tackle. Teaching technique, falling and ball presentation before contact breeds confidence. Why use it Teach novice players how to fall when making and taking tackles, how to present the ball and how to win it back. Make the […]

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Ruck, Ruck, Ruck

Ruck, ruck, ruck

By Paul Tyler, Scottish Rugby Union level 3 qualified coach, former SRU rugby development officer and a qualified referee Overview This session will increase player awareness of the importance of recycling the ball and their ability to do it. It will also develop organisational and decision making abilities to get players in the right positions […]

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U11-U16 Catching the High Ball

U11-U16 Catching the high ball

Get your players used to getting into the “T” shape and making a cradle when catching a high ball. 1. Divide players into groups of three and give each group a ball. Tell each group to get into a 15m triangle and kick the ball high to each other in rotation. 2. Once players are […]

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6 Skills Cicuits

6 top skills circuits

The trouble is that “skills” training can be quite boring because it has to be, by nature, repetitive. That’s not to say you can’t use games and gamification to make things better though. Why not try a skills circuit, with tight timings for each station. Players work in groups of four – as two pairs […]

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5 simple tackle tips

5 simple tackle tips

Boost the confidence of all your players to increase not only their tackling prowess but all-round contact skills and awareness. Tackling is a balance between confidence and technique. Without confidence, the player will put himself in a poor position to tackle – in other words, not put himself in the firing line in the first […]

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Mixing the feet

Mixing the feet

In this simple exercise, combine the main running skills needed to create a fun activity which gets players thinking, running and competing against each other. Why use it? This activity is designed for two players to run against each other while performing rugby-relevant running and evasion tasks. Set up A ball each. Eight cones mark […]

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Attack what you see

U11-U16 Attack what you see

Get your attackers making decisions about how many players are needed to exploit every attacking situation. 1. Mark out a 15m x 10m area and divide it into three 5m channels. Number the channels 1, 2 and 3. 2. Put five defenders on the line facing channel 2 and five attackers with a ball on […]

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Sprinting Myths

3 sprinting myths – busted!

From Rugby Coach Weekly All players can run faster and you can help them by steering as far as possible away from these three myths. 1. Knees up Sprinting is about power generated when the foot drives off the ground. That does not come from “high” knees. In fact, making players get their knees up […]

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Shouty Keep Ball

5v5 “Shouty keep ball”

From Rugby Coach Weekly Use this simple game to work on communication, movement and handling skills. It is noisy, fun and gets the players active quickly and is one of my best 5v5 games. Why use it Quick to set up, this game can be used as a part of a warm-up or as an […]

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