EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Rugby drills

The contact triangle

in Contact

Develop quick thinking under pressure to ensure the players make good and accurate decisions in contact. Once the first defender is beaten, the attacker has to decide whether they can offload the ball or have to take contact.  MORE

Power pass

in Passing & Handling, Rugby drills

Use this power pass exercise to work on both passing and passing out of the contact. The variability of how the attacker is held back increases the learning outcomes as players face new passing challenges. MORE

How to execute mirror ball 2

Mirror ball

in Attack, Practice plans

Run backs moves in a competitive format to force players to run the correct lines under pressure. This session/game will enhance “move” execution and decision making. It is best run as a unit skills session with the backs and, because players are running at each other, they will need to play with their heads up. MORE

Ground bounce

in Contact, Passing & Handling

Don’t teach falling over. Teach the players to bounce themselves and therefore the ball off the ground and back into the game. It reduces the fear of falling by making the players embrace the ground as part of a skill for continuity. MORE

How to improve mauling 2

My maul

in Practice plans, Rucking & Mauling

Mauling could be a very powerful weapon for you this season and you don’t have to be a big side to use it. Here’s a simple tactic – set up a maul from the back of rucks to give your side go forward and tie in their defenders. It is easier than you might think to execute. MORE

Quick Coach: Try scorers

in Attack

There’s more than one way to score a try and more than one way to gather the ball to score a try. Let the players discover lots of options. MORE

Quick Coach: Back to front 2v1s

in Attack, Small-sided games

“The supporting player starts in front of the ball carrier, while the defender has his back to the attack. When you shout play, with the supporting player walking forward and the defender out of position, the players will have to think quickly to come up with winning solutions.” MORE

Powerball

in Attack

Develop ball carriers with some grit and determination to power through the tackle situation. If they don’t break the tackle, at least they provide a good target for their support players. This session creates ways to test their mettle. MORE

Planning four week “bites”: rucking

in Rucking & Mauling

If you are designing your plan for your team's training, you are better off focusing on an “arc” of learning for a specific area. This means spreading out the training over a number of weeks, rather than dedicating one session to this. MORE

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