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Footwork and evasion

In rugby, footwork and evasion skills are the “fine arts” – ways to run with the ball and beat players with skill, pace and panache. These articles include ways to coach players to have “rugby speed” not just pace, and evade contact with nifty “rugby footwork”. Try one of the footwork and evasion drills below at your next session and see how you get on.

How to develop the tackling technique 1

Defence boxers

in Defence, Footwork and evasion, Practice plans

Use boxing-style footwork and arm movements to improve your players’ tackling. The players stay light on their feet, keep their arms active before “punching” like a jab towards the ball carrier, arms going to the side, shoulder engaging and head going into the side. MORE

Twist and clout

in Footwork and evasion, Rugby drills

This session works on balance and reaction. Players enjoy the challenge of moving backward before racing forward with the ball or to tackle. There are lots of chances to use good communication and teamwork. ACTIVITY Three players run backwards in and out of the cones, before coming forward to receive a pass and attack two... MORE

Get out of my space

in Footwork and evasion, Rugby drills

Use competition to make players try different evasion skills. This session has one race and one game to challenge players to command their own space then find new spaces. ACTIVITY ŒThree face one way Two the other Players race to one of the cones in front of them and turn They aim to get through... MORE



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