Attack

Rugby attack patterns are used to get your players to make the most of the attacking opportunities that come their way during a game. In these attacking drills I look at ways to create chances for your attackers, rugby games that will sharpen their reactions near the try line, and tips on how to coach your attackers to be try-machines.

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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Sharp attack

Sharp attack

From Rugby Coach Weekly When I first used this game it really sorted out who could seriously progress as a rugby player. It was with a representative under 25s team. Most of the players had tasted academy rugby and this was another chance to show whether they were up to moving up to next level. Work […]

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Youth rugby: Gate chase

U9 U10 Gate chase

Get players used to drawing a defender towards them and then making a pass inside to a support player. 1. Divide your players into groups of three. Make two players in each group attackers and the other a defender. 2. Put two attackers on one side of the area and a defender on the other […]

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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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Attack what you see

U11-U16 Attack what you see

Get your attackers making decisions about how many players are needed to exploit every attacking situation. 1. Mark out a 15m x 10m area and divide it into three 5m channels. Number the channels 1, 2 and 3. 2. Put five defenders on the line facing channel 2 and five attackers with a ball on […]

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Attack Like a SCUD Missile

Attack like a SCUD missile

Here is a fun move to use with your players to create confusion in the opposition defence. It is a great way to mix backs and forwards and give everyone a chance to run with the ball. Why use it Create midfield mismatches with SCUD, a move with vague direction but plenty of damage. Set […]

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