EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Rucking & Mauling

Ruck defence organiser and the two-step call

in Defence, Rucking & Mauling

by Chris Capps-Jenner Get your players to quickly react to their roles and who they are marking, plus get off the line quickly with these ruck defence warm up exercise. Why use it? At rucks, defenders have to cover the sides of the ruck and read what’s in front of them. The two-step call helps... MORE

Ruck races in defence

Ruck races in defence

in Defence, Rucking & Mauling

Based on top team’s ability to win crucial turnover ball, use this activity to develop your players’ detail at the breakdown. Why use it? To contest the ball at the ruck, speed to the ball is a vital factor to allow the player the chance to get his hands on the ball. If he’s there... MORE

Ruck Ruck and Ruck again

Ruck, ruck and ruck again

in Rucking & Mauling

Step up from rucking hard to ruck decision making in this three-channel exercise that works on go forward and continuity while developing offload skills.   Why use it This focuses on the clearance of the ball in close ruck situations, developing continuity and offload skills once players have broken a tackle or got in behind... MORE

Stay on your feet

in Contact, Rucking & Mauling, Rugby drills, U12+

Not all mauls are set up from lineouts. Sometimes a player stays on his feet through the first contact and is then held up. He should choose whether to drive on with support, or go to ground. This session works on staying on the feet. By Dan Cottrell CHALLENGE Retain possession in contact while going... MORE

Your man, my man

in Defence, Rucking & Mauling, Rugby drills

Use this simple defence activity to help defenders work in pairs, while giving one defender more responsibility than the other. By Dan Cottrell WHY USE IT This puts emphasis on taking responsibility for tackling. You can run this as a full tackling session or just “grab” tackling. SET UP A 10m square containing a 1m... MORE

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Twist and turn

in Rucking & Mauling, Small-sided games

Many rugby matches are won and lost in the last 5 metres. Slow possession in this part of the field leads to rucks and mauls where there is no way through in front, but space at the edges. This game works on close quarter gains in this area. MORE

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3-away

in Rucking & Mauling, Scrums & Lineouts

A quick ruck is only worthwhile if you can make something of it. This ultra competitive game creates situations where a slow ruck needs to be followed by a quick ruck and fast hands. MORE



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