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. Whether you are a player or a coach we have lots of exercises designed specifically to improve your training and get you rugby fit.

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, take a look to see the impact it can have on your training.

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?

Don’t be a part of that losing team! Working on fitness is something every rugby player can do to improve results for their team.

Rugby Training Drills for Players

Rugby Training for Coaches

Want more information on training for rugby fitness?

Take a look at our complete guide to rugby workouts and nutrition, Rocket Rugby.

Or if you’re looking for a quick training boost check out our Rugby FitFiles which allow you to target areas from Flexibility to Strength and Power.

How to coach shapeshifters drill- part 2


in Contact, Fitness & Conditioning, Practice plans

To have a successful rugby team, your backs have to be able to ruck and your forwards have to be able to pass in open play. Without those skills, your team will struggle to maintain continuity. This session challenges players to change roles and adapt quickly. MORE

Balanced Running

Balanced running

in Fitness & Conditioning

Fluid play and keeping the ball alive needs the attacking players to be balanced and in position to offload the ball. The players should become comfortable with carrying the ball in both hands, work on this with this session. MORE

Sprinting Myths

3 sprinting myths – busted!

in Fitness & Conditioning

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... MORE

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