Kicking is something you would rarely do in training but it is such a big part of the game it pays dividends to get it right. Use this session to perfect your teams kicks. Why use it To go forward, gain territory, put your opponents under pressure – and score tries. Set Up A 40m […]
Kicking & Catching
It’s worth coaching rugby kicking skills as early as possible, even if your young players are not allowed to kick during games yet. By the time kicking is introduced into the game, the youngsters will have a well-developed set of core skills and a basic tactical understanding of when to kick. Use the following rugby coaching tips and drills to help. And, of course, any catching drills are going to be worthwhile as they’ll soon be faced with some up and unders too!
Often your number 8 is the ideal player to cover a box kick when the opposition are clearing their lines or sending your kick-off back. Practise his options and make him think. Why use it Offer your 8 a running or passing option after making a jumping or static catch in the deep. How to […]
Something that’s always amazed me is how poor players can be kicking any sort of ball, let alone a rugby ball. I suppose I often think that they practise this enough before training. Here’s a session containing some simple tips on striking the “sweet spot” of the ball to get your players punting the ball […]
Grant Fox, Michael Lynagh and Jonny Wilkinson – great kickers who were vital to their country scooping World Cup victory. So what can we learn from them, to help us kick winning goals?
This exercise looks at the chip kick, which is usually the preserve of the 10, 12 and 13.
For guidance on the ELVs laws and rules changes for rugby coaches
A grubber kick can be used to break down a strong defence – one that's well organised and moves forward quickly. It is also effective when you're faced with a superior number of defenders.
Rugby coaching tips for kicking the ball away and having it too!
A guide to the rugby tactics you can use when receiving the kick off.
Here's my "ready reckoner" guide to the rugby kicking tactics to earn your players the "order of the boot".