Rugby drills

This season, never hunt around for a fresh rugby drill again, find activities to help you train all the skills your players need in Rugby Coach Weekly.

Get proven and easy to use drills for all groups and abilities and to coach all rugby skills with Rugby Coach Weekly. As a coach, it is your job to give your team the skills and technique to be great players.

The rugby drills in this section will help you coach your players in the core skills of the game. We’ll tell you what to look out for, how to get the ideas over to your players, and we’ll give you games and exercises to really power-up their skills.

Drills by skill

Drills by age group

How to promote support play for the ball carrier 2

Read between the lines

in Attack, Practice plans

Support runners need to know the line a ball carrier is likely to run and predict where they will need a team mate to pass to. Players can only learn this by following their team mates in training. They must also weave through busy defences. MORE

How to improve catching and passing skills 1

Catch and pass skills

in Passing & Handling, Practice plans

Most passing exercises line up players neatly so they know exactly where their support players will be, but that often isn’t the case in a match. In this session, players have to pass and catch under pressure, time their runs and be aware of where team mates are. MORE

VIDEO: Lineout footwork

in Scrums & Lineouts

Use this warm-up exercise to get your jumpers and lifters quickly into position to perform in the lineout. Easy to setup, it can work with any number of players.   Put three to four different coloured cones spread out over 10m line. Have a jumper or lifter move to a cone colour called out and... MORE

Busy, busy ball presentation

in Contact, Rugby drills

No matter how a player is tackled, placing the ball back is a matter of timing. Once it’s placed, it’s fair game for the opposition – so keep active for longer in the first of our core series on winning the ruck. MORE

Dynamic ball placement

in Contact, Rugby drills

Good ball placement is non-negotiable. It reduces the risk of a turnover, allows the next players to clear threats quickly and enables the 9 to clear the ball fast. Use this activity to get it spot on. MORE

Scrum session ideas to keep training fresh

in Rugby drills

Keep your scrummaging sessions fresh so your forwards are engaged and challenged. Focus on the basics, and also what happens next. Scrums don’t just happen in isolation, so the more you can mix up dynamic scrummaging activities with post-scrum exercises, the better. First, warm up with a Body profiling game. It will give you a... MORE

Run straight, pass blind

in Passing & Handling, Rugby drills

Get the ball carrier running straight to engage the defender by making him pass without looking. It will test the skills of both passer and supporting player, and help stop your attack crabbing across. Though we normally want the passer to look at the receiver, this can mean he runs sideways or doesn’t look to... MORE

The king of one-on-ones

in Attack, Practice plans

Some players have the natural ability to beat a player one-on-one, but don’t know when to use it or have lost their confidence. Others need the skill to be developed. Even if the player cannot get past his opponent by using this skill, he should at least get beyond the tackler to create “go forward” ball. MORE

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