EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

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 stepping before passing 2

Step and pass in attack

in Contact, Footwork and evasion, Practice plans

One of the simplest “weapons” in your attackers’ armoury is the “step and pass”. Here the ball carrier runs toward the defender and, at the last moment before making contact, steps to one side and passes the ball back into the space he has just run from. Meanwhile, a support player is running into the space to receive the ball. MORE

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

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