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
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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