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.

Maverick and the Goose

in Attack, Mini tag

The attacking player needs to beat the defender. If they can’t, they can pass the ball to their support player. This activity works on evasive skills, creating space, support and continuity. Maverick and the Goose start in the middle of first two boxes Each defender waits 2m inside their box Maverick (ball carrier) runs into... MORE

Kick off session builder

in Attack, Rugby drills

Build up the kick off reception skills to ensure you secure the ball, and then develop the initial support skills to play from that receipt. Two players Throw the ball over the posts to force a drop in the coned square. Develop with the catcher must jump for the ball Three players Add in a... MORE

Counter attack randoms

in Attack, Defence, Passing & Handling, Rugby drills

Develop attackers’ ability to realign after a chase to retrieve the ball and then attack a different type of defence each time. Challenge the defenders to organise on the run too. By Dan Cottrell ACTIVITY Three defenders (A,B,C), each which a number allocated to them Four attackers, in a two and two, run back to... MORE

4-3-2 passing with a purpose

in Attack, Footwork and evasion, Rugby drills

I always maintain that passing should be for a reason – even if it is just because there is someone better placed to take the ball forward. This session works on quick passing under pressure with a passing option at the end. By Dan Cottrell The feeder moves forward and passes The defenders target the... MORE

Chain-gang passing

in Attack, Footwork and evasion, Passing & Handling, Rugby drills, U12+

Develop a chain of passes with players running different angles and coming from different depths to challenge defences. By Dan Cottrell ACTIVITY ŒCall which colour cone to run around Three attackers run into the box ŽA feeder waits by the side of the pitch The attackers run around the coloured cone and then readjust to... MORE

Free pass chasers

in Attack, Defence, Mini tag, Passing & Handling, Rugby drills

Encourage a good free pass and acceleration of the ball carrier, with the free passing looking to support a possible return pass. By Dan Cottrell Two attackers start with a free pass when you call a colour The defender runs to the coloured cone you called The free passer aims to be support the ball... MORE

Snakes and ladders scenario game

in Attack, Defence, Rugby drills, Small-sided games

Use this game to help players to decide about the risks and rewards for attacking and defending certain areas of the pitch. Success allows the attack up the ladder. Fail and slide down the snake. By Dan Cottrell Six attackers start on the 22m line and they can start anywhere along the line Six defenders... MORE


in Attack, Defence, Mini tag, Rugby drills

Develop both attack and defence support roles with this attacking challenge. The attackers have different levels to complete to see how many tries they score. By Dan Cottrell The first starting point is 2m from the try line, and then each subsequent turn is another 2m back Two attackers start on the first 2m line,... MORE

Deception evasion games

in Attack, Footwork and evasion, Rugby drills, Small-sided games

Use adaptive games to create deception. Players trick their opponents to score points. By Dan Cottrell GAME 1: STARBURST The defenders spread out, no nearer than 5m from the attackers Four attackers stand in the middle with a ball When the attackers ”burst” they aim to score over any line without the ball carrier being touched... MORE

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