Use this fun warm-up game to test the players’ passing, evasion and decision-making skills. The defenders use rolled-up socks as cannonballs, though they could equally use rolled up bibs. Thanks to Ray Smith who coaches with the Old Reigatians Girls for the inspiration for this activity. Set up the pitch, with a safe zone to... MORE
Rugby warm up drill to prevent hamstring injury
Drill to develop hamstring strength
The drill replicates the eccentric (lengthening) movement associated with high-speed running and deceleration.
It is a difficult drill, so be patient: Do not expect to achieve much range, and be prepared for post-exercise stiffness in the hamstring when you introduce it into your training program.
- Kneel on a soft surface with feet anchored by a partner or bench. Keeping the trunk straight, slowly lean forward to a manageable distance before slowly returning to the start position.
- Key rugby coaching tip: Avoid flexing at the hips
- At first the players may find they need to put their hands down after leaning forward to assist with returning to the starting point.
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