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.

Three point stance 2

Three point stance

in Defence, Practice plans

The three point stance is used in American Football, where getting low and exploding forward is essential for players in the front line. Defending the channels close to a ruck is very similar. Players need to be ready to go but patient, waiting for the ball to be played. It’s then a race to get to the gain line and stop the attack. MORE

Get back in the game 2

Get back in the game

in Defence, Practice plans, Tackling

Effective defence wins games. You need to have as many players defending for as much of the time as you can. Players who like a rest after making a tackle, or like to lean on a ruck that is already lost are not helping your defensive cause. “Get back in the game” should become the mantra for your players after every tackle. MORE

Out of the blocks

in Defence, Rugby drills

Organisation and line speed are the foundations of an offensive defence. This activity develops the lines of running, communication and speed to put pressure on the attack. MORE

How to promote good feet for the defence 3

Feet for good ‘D’

in Defence, Practice plans

Good defensive systems need organisation and communication, and quick line speed. You can only close down effectively with these three elements. For the player it all starts from a good foot position. This session gives the player the right set up to make better decisions when he is defending. MORE

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