EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Core skills and fitness drills

It is important to introduce rugby skills training into your training drills as soon as possible, and preferably during the pre-season programme.

This has many benefits. Not only will your players’ skills improve, they’ll be more motivated to train hard if a ball is involved, and their fitness levels will get a timely boost.

Set up a core skills and fitness circuit.

Continuous passing gate

  • Players take and give a pass as they run through the gate.
  • Passes must be accurate – dropped balls cost press ups.
  • Players work continuously for 30 seconds and then swap places.

image shows part of fitness circuit working on passing skills

Extend the drill

  • Challenge the players to catch poor passes.
  • Change the width of the gate so players have to adjust their passes.

Sprint relay race

  • Players sprint to the cones, turn, sprint back and high five the next player who then sprints
  • Players work continuously for 1 minute.image from circuit drill showing players in sprint relay drill.

Extend the drill

  • Players run backwards on the way back.
  • Players have to do a press up at the cones before sprinting back.

Truck and trailer

  • Players work in pairs running, round the small square.
  • The “trailer” has to stay as close as possible to the leading player – the “truck”. They keep giving soft pop passes between them.
  • Players work continuously for 1 minute.

For more core fitness skills drills, click here.

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