Use scenarios to engage players

in Small-sided games, Tactics

Scenarios offer a great way of engaging your players in games. By putting the players in a specific point of a well known match, they get the opportunity to develop their game management. For younger players, scenarios give them the opportunity to be their favourite players of their favourite teams. For older players, scenarios give them the opportunity to challenge their decision making with regards to the score-line and also how to deal with specific threats or weaknesses in future opposition. MORE

Slice and block

in Attack, Rugby drills

Break down an organised defence, by focusing on the space outside their 10. Here are two plays which are easy to set up, but require a good level of skill to run the right lines and time those runs. The angles should give your team a chance to get over the tackle line, if not break the line. MORE

Risk and reward for jackling

in Defence

Attempting to steal tackle ball, jackling, can lead to turnovers but also has a nasty habit of leading to penalties. Weigh up the risks and rewards with your players. MORE

Exit details from set pieces

in Kicking, Tactics

An exit is the way a team moves out of its 22m area. Normally a team will kick from a lineout, but from a scrum, it will look to kick or pass away. Here’s some crucial detail. MORE

Kick returns – don’t just throw away possession

in Kicking, Tactics

Far more possession comes from opposition kicks than scrums or lineouts. You need to have a plan to use this possession – not all of it can simply be run back. Before players make counter attacking decisions, they need to be aware of the type of kick they are receiving and the sort of chase. KICKING... MORE

Be a line break guru

in Attack

Know the detail behind how teams consistently break the tackle line so your team can dent the opposition defence more often. Here’s Jason Gilmore's analysis of how it happens at the top level. MORE

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