Rugby drills

This season, never hunt around for a fresh rugby drill again, find activities to help you train all the skills your players need in Rugby Coach Weekly.

Get proven and easy to use drills for all groups and abilities and  to coach all rugby skills with Rugby Coach Weekly. As a coach, it is your job to give your team the skills and technique to be great players.

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.

Drills by skill

Drills by age group

The gate

in Attack, Rugby drills

Encourage your players to attack the spaces between opponents with neat footwork and then offload the ball to teammates who are in close support. By Dan Cottrell MORE

Now’s the best time to start your sprint training

in Footwork and evasion

Every player should aim to get faster, and not just the backs. That’s why it’s always a good time to work on your team’s speed. In-season you will be maintain their fitness levels and giving them small adjustments to their style. Out-of-season and pre-season, it’s a chance to work on form and technique. MORE

Floor the jumper

in Scrums & Lineouts

Stop the maul at the lineout before it starts by focusing on the role of the defending player who is facing the opposition jumper. By Ian Diddams MORE

Would you love to play in the team you...

in Rugby drills

Digby Webb, a South African working at a top English rugby school, tells me how his experiences with top coaches in his homeland shaped the way he controls his coaching environment. He explains how he learned that there was no need for shouting, and it was all about mutual respect and honesty. He’s reaping the... MORE

Pick and go basics

in Attack

Add effective pick and go plays to your tactics. Give your players the skills and decision making to use this ploy accurately. MORE

Noddy and Big Ears

in Tackling

Focus tacklers on getting their ears tight to the shorts of the ball carrier. This helps them engage their shoulder, keep their eyes open and use the right footwork. MORE

Coach the right counter ruck to win turnovers

in Rugby drills

If you want to win a turnover at the ruck, your players need to choose the right moment. Otherwise they are wasting energy and resources. If the ruck is lost, your players should be quick to identify it as a “dead” ruck and then fan out. But when is a ruck not, and worth going... MORE

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