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!

Counter attack training

in Kicking & Catching

Work on the counter-attacking options from kicks with your back three (two wingers and full back) for 10 minutes each session. Aim to move the ball away from trouble, with passing, running or kicks. MORE

How to improve chasing the kick off 3

Squeeze the receivers

in Contact, Kicking & Catching, Practice plans

A good chase from a kick off can put pressure on the opposition at a crucial moment in the game. Either from the start of a half or when your team has gone a score down, you can squeeze the opposition into a narrow area with few options to break out. This session works on that tactic. MORE

Pressure jumping

in Kicking & Catching, Practice plans

This session works on jumping against opponents and can be transferred into lineout contests, high ball or kick-off challenges. Though there is a technical side to the catch, it also recognises that players need to be able to have the desire to want to win the ball in the air. MORE

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