Rugby Drill Demonstration

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Guard the Ruck - Organisation in Defence

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

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Players line up at least 2 or 3 behind a cone.

  1. The ball starts at one end with the player running up to the cone in front of him and passing to the next player waiting on the cone.
  2. As a player has passed he must quickly run around the grid and fall back into position.

The Ball is constantly within the grid moving from right to left.

Coaching points

  • Run hard onto the cone, slow down as you approach, stop - step - fix target with the eyes and pass.
  • Ensure that the players work hard from having passed to getting back into position. The drill should push them aerobically.
  • You can change the type of pass to whatever progression / regression you see fit for your players.


Progression 1:

You can progress this drill by setting the cones at different lengths from each other horizontally, making the passes e.g short long short or long short long by simply working off 4 or 5 cones depending on the numbers of players your dealing with.

Progression 2:

Now look to have dummy runners. If we have 5 in a group, the ball can go from 1 behind 2 to 3, and from 3 behind 4 to 5.

Ensure that the dummy runner time their runs perfectly, drawing attention to themselves.

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Drill tags: dummy runners, fast hands, handling, passing, warm up

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