All our players should be fitter, stronger, and faster. Thinking up ever more evil ways to improve this is not our role. Why not try some rugby solutions? Strength and conditioning coaches have improved our rugby lives. I don’t say that because most of the ones I know are bigger and fitter than I am.... MORE
Running circuit- fitness drills
It is suitable for most team’s rugby needs and forces players into changing direction, pace, turning, accelerating and running backwards or sideways. The circuit is also ideal for working on rugby fitness.
Rugby drill to get players sprinting
Working in matched pairs, in terms of size or position, the players race against each other over 20m. Timing each sprint will give the players a target to improve on.
Set up a “T”-shaped course, as in the diagram above. Players work against the clock, or race each other over five stages.
- Sprint to the top (1).
- Sidestep to the end (2).
- Sidestep across the top (3).
- Sidestep back to the middle (4).
- Run backwards to the start (5).
Two players work through a zigzag course. They face each other, with one player starting off running backwards. At each cone the player running forwards shouts “change”. Both players change the direction for the run to the next cone.
20m mixed sprints
- Set out cones as shown. Players work individually through the course.
- They sprint to the first cone.
- Between the second and third cones, they decelerate until they almost stop.
- At the third cone they accelerate, changing direction at each of the remaining cones.
Catch me if you can drill
Set up a 10m square with two obstacles in the middle. One player sprints round the outside of the square to the opposite corner. The other player sprints through the middle of the square and through the obstacles. The first player to the opposite corner wins.