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 improve footwork 3

Pole dancer

in Footwork and evasion, Practice plans

An easy way to enhance footwork and reactions is to use six flag poles – which almost all rugby clubs have. Using the poles, these exercises simply change angles of running and force players to look ahead to see spaces and defenders, just as they would in a match situation. MORE

Fun activities and games to improve evasive skills

in Email Newsletters, Footwork and evasion

Rugby is both a collision and an evasive sport. Defenders want to collide into attackers. Attackers want to evade defenders. That's why footwork is a core skill for rugby. Skipping through a few ladders might add some agility, but it's best to deal with actual, moving bodies. Sometimes it's just straight-line speed you need. Other times it's lateral or sideways movement. Often it's a bit of both. MORE

How to improve footwork before contact 2

Footwork flyers

in Footwork and evasion, Practice plans

Give your players better footwork options before contact and in open play. The session forces the player to use footwork and scan what is in front of him. There is plenty of game-related activity so players can work out the best options. MORE

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