A physical, fun and warm-up, log rolls encourage teamwork and prepare players for contact. Split players into groups of at least six. Put five players in a row, on the ground, shoulder-to-shoulder. Put another player, on their back, across these players, lying across their middles. On your call, the group has to propel the... 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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