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
Pre contact rugby warm up drill
Rugby drill set up
Set up this rugby warm-up drill by having a four-metre channel. A player carrying a ball has to run from one end to the other, getting past defenders without being pushed out of the channel.
The defenders stand every five metres in the channel and try to push the runner out using their arms only, not shoulders. Ideally the defenders use rucking pads.
What to say
“Drop hips and keep low.”
“Take short, quick steps.”
“Keep your head up and anticipate contact.”
“Spin and roll as much as possible.”
This rugby coaching warm-up drill is taken from a handy and easy-to-use guide to kick-starting your training. The Ultimate Rugby Warm-Ups Manual covers all your warm-up requirements for seasons to come and incorporates all the up-to-date thinking. Click here to order a copy.
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