Paul Tyler recently assessed an U10 coach. The coach used touch rugby during the rugby training drill session in an innovative way. This got Paul thinking about how touch rugby can be used as a viable alternative to contact rugby in training.
Touch, Tag & Sevens
Mini, touch, TAG and Sevens are all great ways to introduce new and young players to rugby. But we mustn’t forget that touch and TAG rugby are particularly good variations also to use in training with experienced players. Check out these drills and games to help you make the most of touch, tag and sevens in your training.
"Score off scrums, stretch the defence from lineouts and breakdowns, then score", says Mike Friday, the highly successful former sevens coach.
Colin Hillman, former Welsh Sevens coach, has rugby coaching tips to help you set up your sevens defence.
Rugby coaching tips looking at the pros and cons of touch rugby. These games have big skills and rugby fitness gains for your players but read on to avoid the pitfalls.
Touch rugby drill
Use this rugby drill to warm up your players quickly, using minimal equipment.
This is a no-tackle rugby game requiring constant movement and is a great rugby skills and fitness workout using touch tackles only.
Use this development game of touch rugby to improve support and realignment. By Mark Calverley, head of physical education at Westlake Boys School, New Zealand.
You can use touch rugby to improve passing and running defence organisation. But the attack skills can be limited unless you are careful. Here are the key factors.
Sevens is the abbreviated form of rugby but has become a very specialised tactical battle. One area which is different is how a team plays from penalties.