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!

Attack backers

in Kicking & Catching, Practice plans

There will always be poor kicks for your team to return or chase. This session works on running and/or kicking the ball back with purpose as well as thinking about what the defence might do to counter this. MORE

Chip, chase, score

in Kicking & Catching, Rugby drills

Your team needs to be able to score in a variety of ways using different methods, as sometimes phase play and handling will only take you so far against a quality defence, especially those that blitz. The chip and chase can be a very useful option. MORE

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Perfect kicks

in Kicking & Catching, Practice plans

Plenty of your players come to rugby with some kicking ability from sports like soccer and then, with practice, become efficient kickers of the rugby ball. Work on their specific technique so they can develop that natural ability into a repeatable, accurate skill under pressure. MORE

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Clearance kicks

in Kicking & Catching, Practice plans

A kick out of the 22 is known as a “clearance kick”. It does not have to go into touch but does need to take the ball as far up the pitch as possible. In this session, the kick will come after a pass, so the kicker needs to learn how to receive the ball, adjust and kick, sometimes in only a few strides. The session aims to increase the confidence of kickers to make long, accurate kicks. MORE

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

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