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

Playing the stuntman

in Contact, Rugby drills

Young players are often wary when it comes to taking contact, either with the ground or when on their feet. Use these exercises to boost their contact confidence and ability to manoeuvre their body. MORE

How to bind and drive through 3

Shotgun rugby

in Attack, Contact, Practice plans

A support player can “ride shotgun” on the ball carrier going into contact. In this 2 v 1 session make two players bind to drive the ball into one defender. The outcome should be go forward ball. If the ball carrier falls over, the other attacker can grab the ball or protect the tackled player. It should lead to fast ball. MORE

How to develop driving and going forward skills 3

Power ball

in Attack, Contact, Practice plans

Players love simple targets such as moving the ball from one end of a box to another. This session works on the ball carrier and his support making progress while a defender attempts to stop them. This expands into a game where “power ball” might be used. MORE

Clearing out and taking off

in Contact, Rugby drills

Make sure your players take off when they arrive at the tackle contest – they should “land” first and then drive up. This activity will reinforce the correct technique and put your team on the front foot. MORE

Gorillas in the hits

in Contact, Rugby drills

To help your team dominate the contact area, players need to be low and able to drive forward. Get your players to work in strong body positions by taking up the shapes of gorillas, and then driving through. MORE

Busy, busy ball presentation

in Contact, Rugby drills

No matter how a player is tackled, placing the ball back is a matter of timing. Once it’s placed, it’s fair game for the opposition – so keep active for longer in the first of our core series on winning the ruck. MORE

Dynamic ball placement

in Contact, Rugby drills

Good ball placement is non-negotiable. It reduces the risk of a turnover, allows the next players to clear threats quickly and enables the 9 to clear the ball fast. Use this activity to get it spot on. MORE

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