Rugby Drill Demonstration


This drill coaches players the lines they should run when receiving the ball in order to maximise the chance of them breaking the gain line.

  • Use a tackle bag to simulate where the ruck and offside line would be.
  • The players line up as if they were going to come "around the corner" to receive the ball.
  • Players should run an L shaped running line to get across the first defender and then footwork to get through the second defender.

Progression (0.49) - Add an extra pass to the drill

  • For the first receiver the drill is exactly the same in terms of the running line.
  • Then there is a second player on his outside shoulder who uses the same running line to beat the second defender.
  • The first receiver has a choice (1.19) - whether to go through the gain line and pass or pass before he gets to the gainline.

What is the gain line?

The gain line is an imaginary line in rugby parallel to the halfway line that is the back foot of the breakdown or the defences offsideline.

Coaching points

  • The focus should be on getting over the gain line.
  • When receiving the ball from the scrum half coach your players to get on the outside of the second defender. This way you take an extra defender out of the game.
  • Players should run an L shaped line and then have footwork rather than a big looping run.
  • Tell your players to make the change in direction as late as possible so the defence cant anticipate and line them up.
  • Make sure your players don’t over run the ball and that they are communicating to the player passing to them.

Drill tags: lines, gain-line, running, breaking

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