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 […]
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.
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 […]
Get players used to making an offload while off balance so that they learn how to manipulate their bodies and hands to pass. 1. Use cones to mark out a start line then lines at 3m, 7m and 10m. Put a receiver and a support player on the start line and a feeder to the […]
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 […]
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 […]
From Rugby Coach Weekly Use these two simple 2 v 1 exercises to concentrate on the attacker manipulating the ball to draw the defender while the support player creates the space. Why use it If the attacker interests defenders by holding the ball correctly, the support player can time his run from the right depth […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
This contact session is perfect for teaching U7s and U8s. Make sure you remind them to touch the ball down using both hands. 1. Divide your players into teams of four. Put the teams into lines, each line about 3m apart, on one side of the area. The player at the front of each line […]