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 work on fast ball handling
Set up the warm-up drill
- In a 10-metre square four of your rugby players wait on one line, facing in.
- You stand about halfway up the square on the left-hand side and roll the ball in.
- One player picks up the ball and it must then be passed once to every player, always in a direction away from you. This might mean very short passes, depending on how quickly the ball is rolled in and how the players react.
What to say in this rugby drill:
- “Passer step towards me before passing.”
- “Receivers, hold depth.”
- “Ball retriever, pick and pass straight away, just like in a tight game situation.”
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