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!

How to improve the kick chase game 2

Chasing the kick, no penalties

in Kicking & Catching, Practice plans

Any player may be in a position where he is chasing a kick and he finds either the opposition player jumping for the ball or sliding on to the ground to gather it. Here is a session to work on the best options to tackle the player and avoid conceding penalties. MORE

How to secure kick offs 3

Catching the kick off

in Kicking & Catching, Practice plans

A clean catch from the kick off can be a defining moment in the game. Whether it’s at the start of the half or after a score, it can have a massive psychological effect on the team. Your catchers, most likely the forwards, need to practise receiving a kick off under pressure and in the air. MORE

8 steps to perfect goal kicking

in Kicking & Catching, Tips

You can’t expect to strike a ball like Jonny Wilkinson or Johnny Sexton – but that shouldn’t stop you trying. Use these great tips from world-class kicking guru Dave Alred to raise your team’s percentages off the tee… MORE

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

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