EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Return to play: Building intensity

Depending on the latest guidelines for social distancing, use these three exercises to see if your players can complete the job of executing skills under intense pressure, even if it doesn’t look pretty.

This session is about accuracy on an individual level. There are purposely NO decision-making elements until the player reaches the game situation. Instead, he has to concentrate on performing the core skills well.

  1. Set up three “skills” stations as above.
  2. Give each player nine “lives”.

Driving: a player has to drive the ruck pad holder back 3m.

Footwork: a player has to pick up the ball, run through the offset cones and place the ball down at the end. The ball has to be placed accurately.

Passing: a player has to pick up the ball, pass to the middle player, run behind them, receive a pop pass and then put the ball down. The ball has to be placed accurately.

  1. Each player repeats this six times (that is up and back three times). A spotter watches and docks “one life” for every mistake before changing lanes.
  2. Rotate players so they have done each exercise section twice and see how many lives they have at the end.

GAME FOR RETURN TO PLAY NEXT STAGE

Split into four groups. Put two groups in the box and play full contact rugby for one minute. After one minute, the losing group go off. If there is a draw then the group that has just come on stays on. There is a maximum rest of two minutes for each group.

TECHNIQUE

  • Look for accuracy.
  • In this activity be tough on players cutting corners.
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