Rugby Drill Demonstration


This is the second exercise in a series of three that can be put together to form a contact conditioning circuit. The circuit can be sets of 30 seconds of hard work followed by 30 seconds of rest. Swap in this circuit for your usual fitness routine to give the players something a bit more interesting and transferable to a game. 

Alternatively, this would be a great exercise to include as part of a warm up.

  • Players work individually, picking up a tackle sausage and driving it into the ground. 

  • Repeat for the whole 30 seconds.

This exercise will develop your players core strength, which is immensely important in most areas of the game.

Moreover, this exercise simulates how players will have to maintain power in a game. For example when going from making a tackle to then contesting the ruck.

0.40 - What is the purpose of these conditioning circuits? 

Coaching points

  • Encourage players to work hard and to try and maintain the same intensity throughout the 30 seconds of work.
  • Players should bend their knees when picking up the bag. 

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