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.

Keep the ball alive

Keep the ball alive

By Colin Ireland, Physical Education teacher with sixteen years’ experience working for the Scottish Rugby Union Overview Being able to keep the ball alive is important when trying to break down well-organised defences and moving the ball forward from A to B can be done much quicker if it’s kept off the ground. Set up […]

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Possession under pressure

Possession under pressure

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 Simply put, the best way to keep possession in Sevens is to avoid going into contact. In reality however, the opposition will press you and aim to make […]

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Finish off every line break

Finish off every line break

From Rugby Coach Weekly 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. Why use it Breaking through the initial defensive line is good but make sure your team […]

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Create depth in attack

Create depth in attack

From EasiCoach Rugby Skills Activities U9 & U10 Use this session to get your players ready to run onto the ball. 1. Put two blue cones 6m apart then a green cone another 2m on and a red cone 2m after that (you can choose your own colours). Put a feeder just outside the first […]

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Get players into the support zone

Get players into the support zone

By Paul Tyler, Scottish Rugby Union level 3 qualified coach, former SRU rugby development officer and a qualified referee Overview Improve support play and awareness of how and when to arrive in the “Support Zone”. Develop the ability to change pace to provide the most effective support (see picture 1). Set up Set out six […]

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Clever tricks to power up smaller players

Clever tricks to power up smaller players

By Eamonn Hogan, experienced rugby coach working with representative teams in the UK and the US Don’t worry about size when you can use clever tricks to power up even your smallest players and make them get over and beyond the gain line and then get creative. When I was a kid, one of my […]

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Don't let 3v1s become 1v1s

Don’t let 3v1s become 1v1s

By Colin Ireland, Physical Education teacher with sixteen years’ experience working for the Scottish Rugby Union How often have you seen a 3v1 become a 1v1? No wonder coaches get exasperated. A 3v1 should be successful every time – so use our checklist to make sure it is. Points to get right: Always practise the […]

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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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