Rugby Drill Demonstration


Split your players into two teams, giving one group of players a set of coloured bibs to set them apart, and quickly tell your players the following laws:

  • Keep the law briefing, brief! Get your players moving as quickly as you can.
  • Normal rules of rugby apply in terms of knock on laws etc. If normal laws are broken - the ball is turned over to the opposition. Make judgement calls that take into account the age and skill level of the player.
  • If a player is touched, shout touch! Allow them to keep running and to hold onto the ball. They can have one more touch. While holding the ball after being touched, the player can: score, pass, keep running, stop and then pass, or even set the ball down - but to do so would be crazy. If they set the ball down - it's in play and can be picked up by the opposition.
  • If the ball carrier is touched a second time - they must pass the ball immediately. If the pass is too slow or there is no support to pass to, the ball is turned over to the opposition.
  • A defensive player cannot simply touch a player twice in short succession. You may decide that two different players must make the two touches, or that a second touch can only be made by the same player that made the first touch 10 meters beyond the first touch.
  • There is no kicking.
  • Have fun with this and let us know any law changes that worked well for your team!

Coaching points

Pick a couple of coaching points that are important to the session you are warming-up in preparation for.

  • Hit the defensive line at speed and get beyond the first touch, getting beyond the tackle in other words.
  • Support runners should go with the ball carrier, support is close and at distance.
  • Defenders need to communicate and start working together, possibly as smaller units within the larger defensive unit.
  • The ball carried might decide not to take both touches e.g. when there is support and space away from the traffic they have created.
  • Good effective and meaningful communication e.g. support left, short support right. Encourage lines of running for support runners that allow them to take the ball and attack space.
  • Could support runners draw defenders away from the ball carrier or another support runner who might then take the ball?
  • Get players thinking about the game, not just ball chasing or falling back on pre-set patterns.

The Drill is often used with

Prev Next
Four Handed Touch Drill Thumbnail
View this drill

Four Handed Touch

Go To Goal Touch Drill Thumbnail
View this drill

Go To Goal Touch

Escape To Victory Drill Thumbnail
View this drill

Escape To Victory

Everyone Gets A Second Chance ? Touch VariationWarm UpRugby Drills Coaching