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Activities for U8 players

Tiger tails - part 1

Tiger Tails

in Fun rugby games, Small-sided games

Each tiger has a tag belt or “tail” tucked into the back of their shorts. The tail must be visible so that other tigers can grab it. The tigers run around inside the playing area, collecting each other’s tails by pulling them out of another tiger’s shorts. When a tiger collects a tail they add it to their own in their shorts. Other tigers can now collect how ever many tails they have. MORE

Alien - part 1

Alien

in Fun rugby games, Small-sided games

The Rules Divide the players into teams of four, each team comprising one tackler (the “alien”) and three astronauts. The three astronauts have to move and pass the ball amongst themselves. The alien has to make as many tag or touch tackles (on the ball cariers only) as they can in 30 seconds. The ball... MORE

Dragons - part 1

Dragons

in Fun rugby games, Small-sided games

The Rules Give a ball (the “golden eggs”) to up to half of the players. The “dragons” (the rest of the players) catch the ball carriers with either a tag or touch tackle. The tackle turns the ball carriers to “stone”. If turned to stone, the ball carrier has to stand still holding their golden... MORE

Hunters - part 1

Hunters

in Fun rugby games, Small-sided games

The Rules This game is similar to “Hungry Cavemen” but here the emphasis is on tackling. Mark out two goals at each end of the area. Divide your players into teams of four with a catcher from each standing in the goal. Each team has to get the ball to their catcher. If a ball... MORE

Tackle demons - part 1

Tackle Demons

in Fun rugby games, Small-sided games

The Rules Divide the players into groups of four, of three attackers and one defender. The attackers have five goes to score a try. They can pass forward and use dodging to do this. The defender can either tag or touch tackle the ball carrier to beat the attack. The defender also wins if an... MORE

Hungry cavemen - part 1

Hungry Cavemen

in Fun rugby games, Small-sided games

The Rules Mark out two “caves” at each end of the playing area. Divide your players into teams of four and nominate a catcher (the “caveman”) from each team to stand in the cave. Each team has to get the ball to their caveman. Opposition players can intercept and knock the ball down to win... MORE

Go-go forward - part 1

Go-Go Forward

in Fun rugby games, Small-sided games

The Rules Play “Tackle Demons”, but introduce the rule that no pass can go forward. Divide the players into groups of four, of three attackers and one defender. The attackers have five goes to score a try. The attackers can only pass backwards, but can dodge the defender. The defender can either tag or touch... MORE

The shadow - part 1

The Shadow

in Fun rugby games, Small-sided games

The Rules Divide the players into groups of four. The groups jog around with the players following each other. They have to concentrate to avoid bumping into another group and into each other. The player at the front of each group holds a ball. The player behind is the “shadow”. You make a call of... MORE

Mayday! - part 1

Mayday!

in Fun rugby games, Small-sided games

The Rules Divide the players into teams of three attackers and three defenders. Space the defenders equally along the playing area. They can only move sideways to make tackles. The three attackers have a ball. They use passing (backwards only) and running skills to score. If the player with the ball is tackled, they call... MORE

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