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 for backs
- Without the ball, go through three simple moves, just to get the running lines right.
- Add the ball and complete the moves again.
- Run through any other moves – remember that some will be from lineouts and some from scrums, rucks or mauls.
- Run the moves that are close to set piece or breakdown with 10, 12, 13 against the wingers, full back and the backs sub.
- Reverse with 10, 12 and 13 acting as defence.
- Run some second phase moves after the first phase to help practise lines of running.
- Practise receiving kicks for counter-attack options.
Key rugby coaching tips
- Do not introduce new moves.
- Do not run at full pace until players are thoroughly prepared.
But do practise your moves across, rather than up the pitch, to avoid the opposition seeing what is going to happen. (I have scored several interception tries from observation of the opposition moves before a game!)
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Click here for specific fitness rugby drills to use with players in different positions.