EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Activities for U8 players

Support the ball carrier-1

Support the ball carrier

in Attack, EasiCoach

U8 MINI-TAG | ATTACKING 4 ACTIVITY: BEAT THE DEFENDERS Three defenders stand 8m apart in a line down the centre of the area. Four attackers start outside the area at one end facing the defenders. One attacker starts with a ball. The ball carrier runs up the area past the first defender with the other attackers... MORE

Defend against attackers-1

Defend against attackers

in Defence, EasiCoach

U8 MINI-TAG | DEFENDING 1 ACTIVITY: TAG THE RUNNERS Put a defender in the middle of the area. Put a group of three attackers on each corner of the area and number the groups 1 to 4. The aim is for the attackers to run to the opposite try line without being tagged by the defender.... MORE

Make a tag tackle-1

Make a Tag tackle

in Defence, EasiCoach

U8 MINI-TAG | DEFENDING 2 ACTIVITY: 1V1 DEFENCE A defender with a ball stands on one side of the area in the centre gate. An attacker stands opposite, also in the centre gate. The defender passes the ball to the 1 attacker. On receiving the ball, the attacker runs forward and tries to get through one... MORE

Take the pass as you move forward-1

Take the pass as you move forward

in Attack, EasiCoach

U8 MINI-TAG | ATTACKING 5 ACTIVITY: SNAKES AND LADDERS Set up cones as shown. Put a group of four players in a line behind the starting cone. Player 1 starts with a ball. When you say “go”, player 1 runs to the first cone. When he gets to the first cone, he passes backwards to player... MORE

Understand that you need to pass once tagged

Understand that you need to pass once tagged

in Attack, EasiCoach

U8 MINI-TAG | ATTACKING 6 ACTIVITY: WALKING RUGBY Play a game of five attackers v three defenders walking rugby. All the players are only allowed to walk. If a player is tagged, he has to pass the ball within one step. The tagger must return the tag before he can defend again. Score tries in... MORE

Understand the offside law-1

Understand the offside law

in Defence, EasiCoach

U8 MINI-TAG | DEFENDING 3 ACTIVITY: SQUEAKY CLEAN Set up three attackers against five defender and play normal tag laws, where a tagged player has to pass the ball. After a tag the defenders have to “get onside” and the tagger has to give back the tag correctly. The attack has six “tags” to score a... MORE

Stand in the correct position for a restart 1

Stand in the correct position for a restart

in Defence, EasiCoach

U8 MINI-TAG | DEFENDING 4 ACTIVITY: WHO’S READY FIRST? Split your players into two teams. Put half of each team on one side of the area and half on the other. Players should line up along the side of the area with one “half team” on each side of the centre cone. You stand in the... MORE

Work together as defenders-2

Work together as defenders

in Defence, EasiCoach

U8 MINI-TAG | DEFENDING 5 ACTIVITY: TRACK THE ATTACKERS Three attackers spread out along one of the long sides of the area and two defenders stand on the opposite side. The attackers pass a ball from side to side between themselves. When you shout “go”, the ball carrier runs forward with the other two attackers. Their... MORE

Understand that the ball goes backwards-1

Understand that the ball goes backwards

in EasiCoach, Passing & Handling

U8 MINI-TAG | HANDLING 1 ACTIVITY: SPREAD, PASS AND RUN FORWARD Put four players, one with a ball, on the starting cone facing the try line. The ball carrier runs to the cone in front of him and the players spread out facing the try line, with the end player on the cone that is... MORE

Shadow Buster - part 1

Shadow Buster

in Fun rugby games, Small-sided games

The Rules Set up a large playing square. Ask the players to pair up. In each pair, one player leads and the other follows (the “shadow”). The lead player has to lose their shadow. After several seconds call “STOP” and see who has managed to lose their shadow. Then swap the pairs around. Set Up... MORE

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