Warm Ups

Warm-ups and cool-downs are two of the most important aspects of your training and match day routines.
It’s vital that your players warm-up and cool-down properly in order to maximise their performance and reduce the risk of injury. We tell you how and why warm-ups and cool-downs work and we suggest some warm-up drills that you might try with your team.

Try this fast moving warm-up game: Hot box feet

Try this fast moving warm-up game: Hot box feet

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From 48 Rugby Skills Games This is constantly moving warm up game, which can be replicated across lots of boxes. It works on passing anticipation, because no player is allowed to stand still or take a pass standing still Set up Players: 3 attackers v 1 defender Area: 7m square Equipment: One ball Game notes... MORE

Jack Knife: Game-like ball placement

Jack knife: Game-like ball placement

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By Eamonn Hogan, experienced rugby coach working with representative teams in the UK and the US Overview This exercise will allow players to begin the process of game-related practice with ball placement. Set-up Put players in pairs by a marked line on the field or a line of cones. One player with a ball lies... MORE

6 Skills Cicuits

6 top skills circuits

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The trouble is that “skills” training can be quite boring because it has to be, by nature, repetitive. That’s not to say you can’t use games and gamification to make things better though. Why not try a skills circuit, with tight timings for each station. Players work in groups of four – as two pairs... MORE

Does 2 laps of the pitch work as warm-up?

Does two laps of the pitch work as a...

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From Rugby Coach Weekly Some teams will warm up with two laps of the pitch. There are three good reasons not to do this: It only suits certain types of players It does not replicate the type of training or game that rugby needs It wastes valuable time that could be used to work on... MORE

Wrestling skills for a warm up drill

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It is widely recognised that there are a number of training benefits to be gained from using wrestling drills with rugby players. Use the following tips and drills to integrate one-on-one combat in your training sessions. MORE

Add jumping to your warm ups

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Jumping is a crucial skill in rugby but one which is often poorly coached or not coached at all. Basic jumping skills can be built into your rugby warm-up drills and can easily be improved with coaching. MORE

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