Rugby Drill Demonstration


  1. This is a simple 2 v 1.
  2. The two players have to get past the one defender without being touched, that's it.
  3. The defender will start 10 meters back, and can move anywhere inside the box.
  4. The attack must remain inside the box and all pass msut be legal.
  • Don't forget to change the defender.

Coaching points

Don't feel that you have to focus on all of the following coaching points, you may have your own. Select the points that most closely match your overall training and session goals.

  • Players should work to keep the tempo of the session high.
  • Receivers hands should be out, presenting a target. They might decide to clap in order to present a target.
  • Ball carriers carry the ball in two hands.
  • The pass is weighted in terms of distance, speed, and accuracy.
  • The pass is only complete when caught.
  • Players do not spin the ball over short distances and their pass should be sympathetic to the receiver.
  • Ball carriers pass to where the receiver is going to be, not where they are.
  • Ball carriers provide a flat ball or a ball that the receiver can run onto.
  • The receiver attacks at pace, receiving the ball while moving forward at pace.
  • Players demonstrate good communication . Communication should be efficient, effective, and encouraging. Receivers should identify themselves, their location etc. Ball carriers should verbally seek out support.
  • Mistakes will be made, allow your players the freedom to make mistakes without feeling a failure.
  • Passing should be off both hands. There is no weak or strong hand, just hands that need a little more work. Work is the key, not talent.
  • Passers run in support of their pass.
  • Allow players to be creative.
  • The attack must maintain width and depth.
  • The ball carrier draws the defender away from where they will pass the ball.
  • The ball carrier can dummy pass, or attack the space left open by the defender if they drift too soon.
  • Attackers use changes in foot speed, side steps, spins, etc. to bea the defence.

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