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!

Chip and chase

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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. MORE

Drop punt accuracy

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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. MORE

Kicking tactics outside your 22

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If the ball is passed into the 22m area, any subsequent kick direct into touch will lead to an opposition lineout in line from where the ball was kicked. This has implications for your kicking game, particularly from set pieces just outside your 22m. MORE


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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. MORE

The ultimate high ball coverage

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If your full back takes the high ball before it lands, your team’s attacking options increase and they don’t tend to lose ground. Here is how to get your player in the right position. By Colin Ireland. MORE

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