Get your players used to getting into the “T” shape and making a cradle when catching a high ball. 1. Divide players into groups of three and give each group a ball. Tell each group to get into a 15m triangle and kick the ball high to each other in rotation. 2. Once players are […]
Passing & Handling
When it comes to coaching fundamentals, you don’t get much more fundamental than passing. Players aren’t all blessed with lightning pace or accurate kicking skills, but every player should be able to pass. The passing drills and handling activities in this section provide countless ways to improve your players passing and handling skills.
From Rugby Coach Weekly Use this simple game to work on communication, movement and handling skills. It is noisy, fun and gets the players active quickly and is one of my best 5v5 games. Why use it Quick to set up, this game can be used as a part of a warm-up or as an […]
Do your players admire their pass? Develop the support running line as part of your bread and butter passing activities and insist it is done immediately after delivering the ball. Why use it? Running a support line after passing gets players back in the action straight away and enables the passer to become a receiver […]
Most players in the team will have to catch a high ball at some stage, whether from a kick and chase, kick off or drop out restart. If they are not involved in the direct catch, they alternatively may have to support the catcher. So, although it’s primarily aimed at the back three, this rugby […]
Boxes are one of the most simple and effective training tools to develop your close game skills. They are excellent for developing short passing skills, close contact skills, rucking technique and support play.The following box drill is a great way to start to build all these skills.
A rugby coaching drill based on a French technique of ripping and passing away from contact to improve continuity.
The ball will be on the ground for a number of reasons. For instance, after a tackle, or from dropped passes, rucks, tapped down lineouts, or just a loose ball. Use these rugby drills to boost ball pick-up skills.
Creating and completing a 2v1 situation is a fundamental skill in rugby. Paul Tyler has a drill to help the ball carrier and supporting player win these situations more often.
Rugby training exercises to help players practise effective passing while running fast.
Improve your players' all-round catching skills, reactions, balance and hand-eye coordination with these rugby coaching drills.