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.
 

Fending a moving defender

Fending a moving defender

By Colin Ireland, Physical Education teacher with sixteen years’ experience working for the Scottish Rugby Union Overview The fend – or hand-off – is a major tool for players in going forward and beating the tackle. Set up A 15m x 10m box, several balls. What you get your players to do Split into groups […]

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Create a platform to attack using 4-man lineouts

Create a platform to attack using 4-man lineouts

By Darren Kingham-Scott, head coach of Winchester RFC and Hampshire RFU women’s and U15s coach The shortened 4-man lineout is a weapon best used between your own 10m and opposition 22m lines. The aim is to set up a platform and create space with “spare” forwards doing the attacking and drawing in defending players as […]

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Tennis balls for accurate kicking

Tennis balls for accurate kicking

As an alternative to players kicking a normal rugby ball, see how they cope with punting a tennis ball. Different Anything new to training interests players. Some might shy away from such a strange idea but others will enjoy the challenge. Whatever the thought, they will have to adjust and focus on their style: A […]

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Build contact skills with match-like situations

Build contact skills with match-like situations

From Rugby Coach Weekly Make players more aware at the tackle contest by giving them lots of match-like situations where they need to make contact, recover and then win the next breakdown. Why use it Replicate match scenarios by unbalancing and disorientating players before getting them to enter a tackle contest situation. Because it is […]

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Fix and support

U9 U10 Fix and support

Get the ball carrier to “attack” the defender before passing or offloading the ball to the support player. 1. Mark out a 10m x 5m area. Along one of the long sides of the area put a line of kneeling attackers facing a line of kneeling defenders, with a 2m gap between the lines. Put […]

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Pros and cons of runners playing off the 10

Pros and cons of runners playing off the 10

By Eamonn Hogan, experienced rugby coach working with representative teams in the UK and the US Having runners playing off 10 is one of the simplest forms of patterned attack. Here are the pros and cons of using this system. Pros Gives forwards another option other than just running around the field, going into rucks. […]

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Tackle tube warm-up

Tackle tube warm-up

By Darren Kingham-Scott, head coach of Winchester RFC and Hampshire RFU women’s and U15s coach Overview This is a good warm-up activity using tackle tubes. Remember good technique is more important than “flying” into the tubes. Set up 20m x 10m box Five tubes in zigzag formation approximately 7m apart One player stands behind each […]

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