Rugby drills

How to go forward from the lineout 2

Go forward from the lineout

in Attack, Practice plans, Scrums & Lineouts

The session looks at running and support lines from the back of the lineout. There is a run up of around 10-15m for the ball carrier before he meets the lineout defence and support players arriving from the side. Both attack and defence need to consider how to cover this space effectively to create or prevent breaks and quick ball. MORE

Dirty little secrets of support play

in Attack

We all think of a lovely diamond shape of support. A ball carrier at the front, two supporters on either side to take a short pass and a player behind to support in contact. That is the ideal shape for support but the reality is different because unless you are running a set piece move... MORE

The ‘no-look’ pass

in Passing & Handling, Rugby drills

Test out whether support players are in place by having the ball carrier use a “no-look pass”, confident their support will be there and responding only to a call. The ball carrier passes as normal without looking, responding to a call knowing the support player is in place. This maintains go forward and speed in the attack. MORE

How to coach the disco technique 1


in Attack, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

This is a decision-making exercise I used with Ospreys U16s. To be successful, the attack must scan the defence and then adjust their pace and depth. Using the “disco” effect (different coloured cones replicating the different coloured lights) you can determine the shape of the defence, forcing the attack to take quick and effective passing and running options. It also works defenders, who have to reconnect after being pushed out of position. MORE

How to execute lineouts quickly 2

Lineouts: Set and lift quick

in Practice plans, Scrums & Lineouts

A quick launch of the jumper into the air at the lineout is a distinct advantage. If it is done without much movement or giving away when the throw will be, so much the better. This session challenges the jumping pod to set and lift quickly and efficiently under pressure. MORE

The 8 basics of ruck defence

in Defence

Shut off the easy yards for opposition sides attacking from the ruck. Ensure your players are in the right place, at the right time and making the difference. 1. MESS WITH THEIR BALL Slow their ball placement legally, so your ruck defence can get into place. The tackler gets up over the ball by twisting... MORE

Coaching to drive to the edge 2

Driving to the edges

in Attack, Contact, Practice plans

Work on attacking the edges of the ruck defence. That means not attacking next to the ruck, but the area often less well-defended with two players out to the side of it. The ball carrier goes into contact with close support, with a view to driving in, down and then providing quick ball for the 9 to clear. MORE

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