From Rugby Coach Weekly All players can run faster and you can help them by steering as far as possible away from these three myths. 1. Knees up Sprinting is about power generated when the foot drives off the ground. That does not come from “high” knees. In fact, making players get their knees up […]
Fitness & Conditioning
Fitter teams win more games – it’s as simple as that. Of course, we know that most clubs will not have a fitness trainer or a well-equipped gym. But there is a lot you can do yourself. The fitness and conditioning drills in this section look at how you can help your players to get fit, stay fit, avoid injury and recover more quickly. How many times have you seen a close game decided in the last 10 minutes because one team is fit and the other is running out of energy?
It is said that a good “big un” will always beat a good “small un”. The same is true of a good fast “un,” so it’s worth spending time on rugby drills and games that will boost your rugby players’ speed and acceleration skills.
The following tips and drills follow on from Core skills and fitness drills, and focus on vertical jumps, moving from an upright position to a lying down one, tackling and sprinting around agility poles.
It is important to introduce rugby skills training into your training drills as soon as possible, and preferably during the pre-season programme.
Work on these key factors to improve your rugby players’ sprinting skills.
Here are four rugby training drills to increase leg power and build up players' fitness for areas such as scrummaging, jumping and tackling.
Skipping is a highly versatile basic rugby drill which can benefit rugby players in a variety of ways. It can be used to develop coordination skills, flexibility, agility, speed and both vertical and horizontal power.
All players need to develop an aerobic fitness level before they can train and play effectively. Young players can be encouraged in this by playing games and concentrating on a variety of rugby training drills.
As working out in a gym is not a suitable way for young players to build up their leg muscles, these rugby drills, skills and tips will help improve players’ leg drive using safe and fun workouts.
There is a wide variation in the fitness needs of players in different positions. A prop runs further and slower than most backs, but performs more physical activity during the game. Once your players start to establish their positions, you can make fitness training drills more specific. Incorporate the following rugby drills, skills and tips […]