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.

Let your 10 dictate attack - get others to defend

Let your 10 dictate attack – get others to defend

By Eamonn Hogan, experienced rugby coach working with representative teams in the UK and the US Quade Cooper, Dan Parks and even Toby Flood are all 10s who have been shifted to the wing or full back in defence at international level. Why do teams hide their 10s in defence? Size Most coaches feel the […]

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Set-piece defence: The openside winger's role

Set-piece defence: The openside winger’s role

By Colin Ireland, Physical Education teacher with sixteen years’ experience working for the Scottish Rugby Union Each player at the set piece will have a role and responsibility to perform defensive duties – this includes the openside winger. From a lineout When the opposition has a lineout in your half, it’s less likely they will […]

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U7 & U8: Work together as defenders

U7 & U8: Work together as defenders

ACTIVITY: TRACK THE ATTACKERS Tell players to:  “Move together towards a target” “Tell other defenders which way to move”   1 Three attackers spread out along one of the long sides of the area and two defenders stand on the opposite side. The attackers pass a ball from side to side between themselves. 2 When […]

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5 ways to think better defensively

5 ways to think better defensively

Follow these 5 important tips to make sure you cover the key areas of defence, even if you don’t have the resources to have a specialist defence coach. 1. Start specialising Like the set piece or kicking, defence is a specialist area which needs detailed attention. It cannot be something that is done as a […]

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