Rugby Drill Demonstration

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High tempo defending and handling plan. Improve your rugby players' communication, organisation and line speed for a more solid backline

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Description

5-7 players run around in a rectangle shaped grid. They must move very fast within it awaiting the whistle, but they are not allowed to touch the other players.

  1. Once the whistle goes they must occupy the closest cone to them, facing the coach.
  2. Then they must shift, heavies to the inside and speedsters to the outside.
  3. On the next whistle they then press in one line.

Coaching points

It's very important that players move across the front when they move towards the ruck, and they move behind when they move away from the ruck.

This is so that "sniping" and "pick and goes" may not get any forward momentum, or worse still, leave a gap for a player to run into.

Progression

Progress the drill by forcing players to look in fornt of them. Hold up a number of fingers from 1 to 5

The players must call the number out, even as they change, whilst performing the drill.

Keep changing the number faster as they get better

Drill tags: communication, defending, heads up, movement, ruck

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