EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Defence

An extra split second of pressure on the opposition can be the difference between success and failure. Rugby defence is not just about defensive systems. The best defensive teams enjoy defending. They are positive in defence and loud and accurate with their communication. So, does your rugby team see defence as a chore or as a great chance to win back the ball? Use the defence drills below to get your team working together to form a more cohesive defensive unit.

Onto the fringe and into the fire

in Defence, Rugby drills

One of the most difficult things to teach a group of players is their ability to change from a defensive mindset to an attacking one effectively. Here is an activity that does just that. Make the players think that they need to defend as an organised unit and then be able to attack at pace when the ball is turned over. It’s not going to be easy. MORE

Get ready for a safer rugby experience in 2021

in Defence, Email Newsletters

Here’s a headline that’s not going to get your players back to training quickly: Tackling and Fitness Training. However, as we focus on safety and reducing the exposure to a concussion, all the most recent data suggests we need to have better-prepared players. In particular, the fitter the player, the stronger they are, and more... MORE

Around the corner two-step defence

in Defence

Following on from last week’s defence exercise, replicate moving across to the pitch to defend from a slow or quick ruck. It’s a matching up then coming forward exercise. Defenders have to scan what’s in front of them whilst running across the pitch to get to the next ruck. They have to number up and adjust quickly. Once the ball is out, the outside defenders must close down the space in front of them. This session develops these ideas. MORE

Beating the attack to the line

in Defence

Work on line-speed with specific targets for your defensive line as opposed to the normal “good line speed”. It will create pressure on the attacking line. Defensive cohesion is as important as making the tackles themselves. Work on line-speed and togetherness with this session. MORE

Jamming in

in Defence, Rugby drills

“Jamming in” is a method of tackling by coming “out-to-in”, thus reducing the chances of the ball carrier passing wider. It’s an aggressive, high-risk defence. The technique is part of a number of defensive systems and needs some form of decision making on when and how to make this type of tackle. MORE

Back row running lines off the scrum

in Defence, Rugby drills

The back row needs to operate as a coordinated unit in defence, not three individuals. Use this session to develop their roles. From a scrum, each back row player has a different running line so they can cover initial attacks, a possible break and then defend around the ruck. MORE

Dice defence

in Defence, Small-sided games

Create adaptive defenders who can react to the problems in front of them and make accurate defensive calls. This game works on both sides of the ball with the attacking team looking to get past the defence and score within the allocated number of phases. MORE

Track the attackers

in Defence

Use footwork, balance and agility to get close to the ball carrier to make a tackle. The session develops your defenders’ scanning, communication and reactions as the attack moves from side to side. MORE

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