Rugby Drill Demonstration


  • Tell your players the following......
  1. Two players will be defenders, it's their job to try and intercept the ball.
  2. The rest of the players will be passers, it's their job to keep the ball away from the defenders and to keep the ball moving.
  3. If a defender gets the ball, they become a passer - and the passes becomes the defender.
  4. That's it - lets get playing!
  • Don't forget to change the defender if they stay in place for too long.

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 aim to keep the ball moving.
  • They should move into space, not being afraid to drift apart.
  • Ball carriers should aim to pass the ball to where the receiver is going to be, not to where they are.
  • Passes do not spin the ball when there is no need to.
  • Passes should be weighted in terms of distance, accuracy, and speed.
  • A pass is only complete when caught.
  • The receivers hands should be out.
  • Both the ball carrier and receiver should communicate to highlight availability, distance, location, and the timing of the pass etc.
  • Communication should be encouraging, effective, and efficient.
  • Players stay up on the balls of their feet inside tight space, changing direction quickly.
  • Attackers use a variety of passes to move the ball away from the defence.
  • It is important that players learn to handle the ball in unfamiliar ways, that way they can react and catch a pass that is: too high, too low etc.
  • Players should not view mistakes as failures, simply part of the learning process.
  • Defenders should work to close attackers down quickly.
  • Defenders should read the body language of attackers to not only react to what they see, but to try respond quickly to what they think will happen next.
  • Differentiate your groups and allocate control tasks appropriate to the groups ability level. Every group should feel stretched but should experience success.
  • Have fun, remember build them up!
  • Progression

    • Progression 1: Passers work not to be touched, while in pocession of the ball, by a defender.
    • Progression 2: Passers can only hold onto the ball for 2 seconds.

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