Rugby Drill Demonstration

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Set up 4 grids of about 8-10m by 5m.

3 players start on the first grid, working from one end to the other, covering the 5m distance.

  • The aim is to stay in one straight line as they go up, and also keep themselves evenly spaced
  • Once they have achieved that, they fall back into the next grid diagonally across and back. Now there should be 6 players on the line, and they all work together to come off the line, as one.

Players continue working like this, until they reach the end of the grid.

Once the coach blows his whistle the line may press off.

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Defending in pod of three means you as a player need only worry about the player directly to your left and your right. If every player does that, then essentially the defensive line should be in order.

Therefore every player is a 2nd player between 2 players, with the exception of the 1st and last player in the line.


Progress the drill by forcing players to look in front of them.

Hold up colour cones in front of each box (ask an assistant to help if possible) and one colour at the source (ruck). While performing the drill players must call out these colours, even as they change.

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Drill tags: alignment, defending, footwork, pods

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