Kabaddi rugby drill game

Aim of the rugby coaching game

Create space and then attack.


  • In attack: Loops, switches, miss passes, support from depth.
  • In defence: Communication, footwork.

Great outcomes of this Kabaddi rugby drill game

  • Lots of pitches can be created and lots of players can be involved.
  • Like sevens, it is a stern test of individual rugby skills under pressure.
  • It challenges both the attackers and the defenders.
  • The defenders learn to see the border of the creation zone/attack zone as the offside line.

The game

  • The pitch has one creation zone (about 10m x 15m) and one attack zone (about 5m x 15m).
  • The attacking group always has one more player than the defending group.
  • The attacking group (starting in the creation zone) has 15 seconds to cross through the attack zone and score.
  • The defenders must stay in the attack zone.
  • The attackers can play any “normal rugby” in the creation zone without fear of being tackled by the defenders.
  • The attackers can go in the attack zone where they can be tagged/tackled.
  • The ball can be passed out of the attack zone, back into the creation zone, where the attack can start again. The timer keeps going.

Tactics and strategy

  • It is only worth your players moving into the attack zone if there is a chance of scoring. This reduces the instances of mindless “go forward” where a player does not recognise the full consequences of their foray.
  • Your players should attack the gaps between the defenders.
  • Your players should look to pass to players in the spaces that appear as the defenders close gaps elsewhere.
  • Have the extra attacking player lurking deeper, e.g. at the back of the creation zone. This player can add pace, or see gaps to attack more easily than the players in front of them.
  • The defenders need to keep evenly spaced to defend as much of the width of the pitch as possible without bunching or creating large gaps. The slower defending player should be moved to the middle of the attack zone.
  • The attackers should use loops and switches to pull the defenders out of position, and miss passes to put atticking players into gaps.

How to develop the rugby coaching drill

  • Change the width of the pitch (but not the depth).
  • A wider pitch tests the ability of your players to work others into open spaces with the strength of the pass.
  • With a thinner pitch, players can use offloads, or move into the attack zone, draw in the defenders and then move the ball to another part of the attack zone.
  • Put in one more attacker.
  • Change the time allowed to score.
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