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!
Use this game with eight to ten players to improve your players’ counter-attacking reactions, so support players who are in front of the kick, especially, can connect with the ball carrier more effectively.
Connect quickly with the ball carrier to attack gaps in the kick-chase. MORE
Kicking is a core skill that all coaches need to know how to coach if they want to progress through their levels. Start early and get your players used to aiming at targets. There will be times when a player has to kick the ball whatever their position. Get all your players practising this skill... MORE
If your high-ball receivers can get off the ground to catch the ball, they are protected from being smashed backwards by the opposition chasers. Help them develop the skills and timing with this session. MORE
Offer a measure of realism in kick chasing situations where defenders are often accused of taking a cheap shot when blocking. The kicker will be challenged to be accurate while chasers need to work on downing defenders as a unit to gather the ball or challenge opposition catchers. These should be your last orders as Teachers... MORE
This simple session helps players discover ways to return kicks with good angles, passing and communication. It’s very open and allows players the chance to experiment as well as build up a repertoire of plays. MORE