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.

How to create a mismatch

in Attack, Rugby drills

Creating overlaps increases your chance of all positive results: scoring tries, gaining ground, making breaks and quick recycled ball. So use planned moves from the scrum base to manufacture a 3 v 2. MORE

You won’t choke me

in Attack, Rugby drills

This session will reduce the chance of defenders stalling an attack by holding up the ball carrier. It has two phases: initially trying to avoid contact, then getting the ball free if the tackle is made. MORE

How to improve rucking 3

Standing in the tackle

in Attack, Practice plans

Collapsing in the tackle is a problem for an attacking team. It gives the defence more opportunity to steal or slow down the ball because it is more difficult for support players to get in behind the ball carrier. Use this session to build understanding of how to keep going forward in the tackle. MORE

How to coach strike running from the deep 2

Strike running from the deep

in Attack, Practice plans

The pace of the attacking line can be enhanced by a player entering from a deep position. The timing of this run comes from lots of practice so players find it easier to read running lines and get timing right. MORE

How to improve offloading skills 1

Offload options

in Attack, Practice plans

We know a simple offloading game can devastate defences. Players need the skills and the confidence to know exactly how and when to offload. This session builds the technique in a game-related way so the passer and receiver can understand their options. MORE

How to create extra yards when going forward 2

Make extra yards in the ‘step zone’

in Attack, Practice plans

In very close quarters, the ball carrier can make extra yards by moving to the side of his opponent as long as he is still moving forward. Use this “step zone” to encourage both go forward and stepping. Measure the player on distance made as well as beating the opposite player completely. MORE

How to coach your players to fight for the 50/50 balls 2


in Attack, Contact, Practice plans

Do your players have the courage to fight for every 50/50 ball? When the ball is on the ground, players need to react aggressively to win it – before driving forward. MORE

Returning from the sideline

in Attack, Attack, Tactics

When the ball reaches the flank and a ruck is formed, you might well need your forwards to set up another play coming back the other way. To keep the pressure on, here’s how you should do it… MORE

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