Every player should aim to get faster, and not just the backs. That’s why it’s always a good time to work on your team’s speed. In-season you will be maintain their fitness levels and giving them small adjustments to their style. Out-of-season and pre-season, it’s a chance to work on form and technique. MORE
Mixing the feet
In this simple exercise, combine the main running skills needed to create a fun activity which
gets players thinking, running and competing against each other.
Why use it?
This activity is designed for two players to run against each other while performing rugby-relevant running and evasion tasks.
A ball each. Eight cones mark out two 10m channels, with five flags/cones marking out a 20m evasion area followed by four ruck pads marking three channels (see picture 1).
How to do it
Each player performs a lateral movement inside the first box (see picture 2) before racing through the poles/cones and finally funning to a numbered space called out by you (see picture 3).
- Section A – A lateral movement exercise over 10m
- Section B – An evasive running exercise over 20m
- Section C – A sprint over 10m to a numbered space
- All activities must be run with the players’ chest facing the ruck pads at the top of the channel at all times.
- Encourage a head-up style of running.
- If one player is winning the initial part of the race you can call out a more favourable gap for the losing player.