EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

What next – roles and responsibilities

Make sure your players focus on their roles. They need to know what they will do once the set piece has finished or a ruck has been won and lost.

Improve your team’s continuity of possession and defence by helping them to think ahead.

ACTIVITY

  1. Set up three “rucks” with cones with a ball at the back of each “ruck”, as in the top picture.
  2. Split your players in groups of six or seven. Get them to run to the first ruck, with a couple of players “rucking” over the ball, and then pass it out. Then have them move to the next ruck and do the same thing.
  3. Ask them to consider who should be rucking and who should be passing.
  4. Count down the release of the ball from each ruck to help them find their positions.

GAME SITUATION

  1. Split into attack and defence of at least seven a side. Put five players from each team in the smaller box.

  1. Throw the ball to one team and they have to get to the other end of the box. If they are stopped by a ruck, then they have to pass the ball out into the larger box.
  2. Play full contact and stop on infringements.

TECHNIQUE

  • Perform your primary role, which might be winning the ball or defending the ruck.
  • Know what happens next and get into position to make a difference at the earliest possible moment.
  • Listen and look as you move from the last situation.
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