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.

Ruck defence reload

in Defence, Rucking & Mauling, Rugby drills

Make sure your defence is in place quickly so they can come forward to make snare tackles and poach the ball. Define roles for players around the ruck so they can race off the line and cut down the opposition attack close to the ruck. MORE

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Combine tackling with defence

in Defence, Practice plans

A tackler is part of the whole defence. A defence is not always breached because a tackle has been missed, but when a defender is not in the right place. Therefore, players must work on their individual technique while co-operating with team mates to reduce attack options. This session develops this mindset. MORE

Ruck defence: Who’s marking who?

in Defence, Rugby drills

With the breakdown such a contentious area and laws favouring the attack, organised defence is vital. The breakdown is the start point for defence so it can dominate the attack. The easiest and most obvious place to attack is immediately around the ball after a tackle. By using this activity you can cut down easy attacking metres and set a solid foundation for defending. MORE

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Defence boxers

in Defence, Footwork and evasion, Practice plans

Use boxing-style footwork and arm movements to improve your players’ tackling. The players stay light on their feet, keep their arms active before “punching” like a jab towards the ball carrier, arms going to the side, shoulder engaging and head going into the side. MORE

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Winning the support race

in Attack, Defence, Practice plans

There are many one-on-one races in a match. One is for the space around the ball carrier as he arrives at contact. Remove his options to pass and he has to go to ground. Win the race to get over the ball and then there is a chance of a turnover. This sessions looks at attack and defence options in support. MORE

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