EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Defence

Quickfire winners and losers

in Attack, Defence, Rugby drills

Challenge attackers and defenders to play from a dynamic situation to score or prevent a try. Keep your players thinking about which skills to use to be successful. In this case, good evaion, closing down the space, using the support player, running in support. MORE

Don’t break the chain

in Defence, Rugby drills

Improve your players’ awareness of how to move together as a defensive line. A defensive line needs to know who’s covering who and then double up if they can to make a tackle. MORE

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

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