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.

Dizzy defence

in Defence, Rugby drills

Help your players react in defence to cover the main threats, and use the best defence possible in the circumstances. Use this set up to develop into a bigger game scenario, depending on your numbers. MORE

Develop a player-centred defence

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The basic principles of defence are: Go forward Provide support Apply pressure Regain possession As you can see, they don't explicitly say tackling. So, if we really want to improve our defence, we have to look at the whole, not just one of the parts. MORE

Win the race over the ball

in Defence

Clearing out a defender over the ball means winning the race for the space over the ball and if you lose, knowing how to win that space back. MORE

Up fast, drift square

in Defence

Cut down the space in front of the attack and then cover across if they have an overlap without exposing the inside shoulder. Here’s how to do it. MORE

Post-tackle space

in Defence

Work on the first clearing out defender getting to the tackle situation as soon as the ball carrier is down. Make sure he makes the most difference to winning back the ball. MORE

Target the rabbit

in Defence, Rugby drills

Against expansive teams, work out who is the weakest attacker and target him by closing him down when he gets the ball. Then turn him over and counter attack. MORE

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