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!

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Chip and chase

A great way of getting forward momentum against well-organised defences is the chip and chase. This can be part of a planned attack or when one of your players makes a key decision and executes the chip and chase as the best option.

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Drop punt accuracy

A drop punt is a way of accurately kicking the ball (normally as a penalty kick to touch). Use this activity to test your player’s execution. It can be done as part of the warm-up routine for kickers, or competition between kickers.

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Airtime

How brave are your catchers? There are loads of kick-offs, drop-outs and high balls in a normal game, so why not play a game that practises the techniques involved? It is definitely a mix of skill and bravery, because the catcher will be exposed at times.

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