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!

Beat the rush: Draw then kick

in Kicking & Catching, Tips

Outfox rush defences by drawing them onto you then kicking front foot ball behind them to win back possession and maintain go forward. With the increased use of aggressive rushing defences denying the attack space and time, new solutions are always being sought. MORE

Luck of the bounce

in Kicking & Catching

Create another option in attack by developing a short chip and chase. The variability of the bounce will dictate what happens next, so your players can experiment with their option taking. MORE

The box kick

in Kicking & Catching, Rugby drills

The attacking box kick is a much-used tactic at the top level so grassroots coaches should be looking to use it as a means of exerting pressure and gaining territory. By Mark Calverley The kick should go around 20 to 30m – mark out a 10m square to aim for The 9 aims for 3... MORE

Chase, challenge and counter

in Kicking & Catching, Rugby drills

Put players into realistic kick-chase situations where there’s a healthy competition for the ball and then trying to score or make ground after the ball has been retrieved. ACTIVITY Two chasers aim to retrieve the ball from a kick that has travelled at least 10m The defender is a “nuisance” to the chasers before turning... MORE

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