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

Inside pass support lines

in Attack, Attack, Rugby drills, Tactics

The inside pass is an effective weapon against a sliding defence. The receiver hits a flat pass and a gap in the defensive line to break through. This activity finishes the break with a try. Initially work on an inside pass against a sliding defence, with three attackers and two defenders. The player taking the... MORE

Improve support player awareness

in Rugby drills

Support play is one of the forgotten core skills in rugby, though it remains one of the core principles. A lot of it is around awareness. That is, awareness of the support player's proximity to the ball carrier, and what might happen next. The support player might need to be ready to take a short or long pass, win a contact situation or realign for the next pass. Use these activities to help players make better decisions when they know what's coming next, or anticipate what they may have to do. MORE

Two lines of attack

in Attack, Rugby drills, Tactics

Using this simple movement of your blindside winger and full back, you either attack at the tackle line or behind it, depending on the movement of their defence. So, create a simple attack with two lines of runners. Either attack on the “tackle line” with the 12 passing in or out to the players coming from behind. Against a quick defence, 10 passes deep to the second line. MORE

Attack in pairs

in Attack, Rugby drills

Double up in attack to draw in defenders or create space. This increases the ball carrying, offloading and technical skills of young players in a simple but effective way. Encouraging a player to run with the ball carrier to offer support not only puts an end to isolated attackers also but teaches that a support runner can benefit from being in the right place at the right time by scoring a try. MORE

After the line break – make the most of...

in Rugby drills

There are two things you can do with space – preserve it or use it. Exploiting space needs to done quickly, with pace and determination. The key is to create activities that do not end with making a line break but actually start once they do. MORE

Ruck defence: Who’s marking who?

in Defence, Rugby drills

With the breakdown such a contentious area and laws favouring the attack, organised defence is vital. The breakdown is the start point for defence so it can dominate the attack. The easiest and most obvious place to attack is immediately around the ball after a tackle. By using this activity you can cut down easy attacking metres and set a solid foundation for defending. MORE

How to improve the kicking game 3

Perfect kicks

in Kicking & Catching, Practice plans

Plenty of your players come to rugby with some kicking ability from sports like soccer and then, with practice, become efficient kickers of the rugby ball. Work on their specific technique so they can develop that natural ability into a repeatable, accurate skill under pressure. MORE

How to improve body positions as forwards 3

Body shape for forward units

in Practice plans, Scrums & Lineouts

Forwards need to get their basic body shapes right before they are ready to move on to more competitive unit work. This session can be used to prepare for unit work and as a whole session for forwards. You can also mix forwards and backs together because the skills are easily transferable (ruck positions for example). MORE

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