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.
 

How you should be practising kicking

How you should be practising kicking

Kicking is something you would rarely do in training but it is such a big part of the game it pays dividends to get it right. Use this session to perfect your teams kicks. Why use it To go forward, gain territory, put your opponents under pressure – and score tries. Set Up A 40m […]

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My favourite 4v2 attacking scenario

My favourite 4v2 attacking scenario

I like to look for drills that can easily be adapted to work for different abilities, and even add in new skills A good example of this is my favourite 4v2 attacking scenario. It comes from Sean Holley, former Ospreys and Bristol coach. It’s got something to offer for all players above the age of […]

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U9 U10 Handling: Draw to Score

U9 & U10 Handling: Draw to score

Get your players used to drawing the defender and passing to the player in support and put handling into a decision-making practice. 1. Set out a 15m x 5m area with two sets of three coloured cones, spaced 2m apart, along one of the long sides. 2. Put an attacker with a ball and a defender […]

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Use tackle tubes to iron out technical problems

Use tackle tubes to iron out technical problems

Tackle tubes – or sausages as they are sometimes known – have their critics because they do not provide a realistic tackle target. However, they are still an extremely useful piece of equipment for three reasons: 1. Non-contact work – A significant percentage of injuries in rugby occur at the tackle area. Usually, this can be […]

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Introducing tackling

U9 & U10: Introducing tackling

Get players used to making and taking tackles correctly by working backwards through the tackle. 1. Put your players into pairs and ask them to get into space. Tell them to decide who will be the tackler and who will be the attacker. Start with the players on the ground, with the tackler in a […]

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Safely introduce contact

Safely introduce contact

By Mark Calverley, RFU Level 3 and IRB Level 4 qualified coach, and owner of the NZRFU Practicum award – the highest coaching award in New Zealand Once players have been introduced to the techniques and safety issues involved with tackling and have practised it in safe controlled environments and drills, it is time to […]

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Try this fast moving warm-up game: Hot box feet

Try this fast moving warm-up game: Hot box feet

From 48 Rugby Skills Games This is constantly moving warm up game, which can be replicated across lots of boxes. It works on passing anticipation, because no player is allowed to stand still or take a pass standing still Set up Players: 3 attackers v 1 defender Area: 7m square Equipment: One ball Game notes […]

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2 fun ways to work on evasion

2 fun ways to work on evasion

By Paul Tyler, Scottish Rugby Union level 3 qualified coach, former SRU rugby development officer and a qualified referee Finding fresh and engaging ways to work on and improve agility skills in young players is a challenge. Most young players have good natural agility skills so practise them often and show them how and when […]

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8 in the box

8 in the box

Often your number 8 is the ideal player to cover a box kick when the opposition are clearing their lines or sending your kick-off back. Practise his options and make him think. Why use it Offer your 8 a running or passing option after making a jumping or static catch in the deep. How to […]

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Make a Tag tackle

U7-U8 Make a Tag tackle

This session is perfect for when you’re teaching mini rugby for U7s and U8s. Summary: Get close to the ball carrier, grab and remove the tag belt, hold the tag above your head and shout “Tag!”, return the tag to the tagged player. 1. Pair up the players to make two teams. Give each team […]

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