Rugby Drill Demonstration

Description

  • Have a quick demo using one group - keep your player briefing, brief.
  • Each pair face one another and stand side by side, about 1 meter apart - shoulder to shoulder. And about 2 meters apart - face to face.
  • Players should be up on the balls of their feet, jogging on the spot.
  • They should continually pass to each other, passing with the player in front of them.
  • When the coach calls out a direction the players should move as a unit maintaining the distances to each other while passing until the new direction is called.
  • You could call NORTH, SOUTH, EAST, or WEST. You could also have each side of your grid marked with different coloured cones and your players could move according to colours.
  • Movement should be controlled and not too fast.
  • Expand the size of the training area for greater speed of movement over distance.

Coaching points

Feel free to select the coaching points that are most useful for your session plan and that match your training/coaching goals. You may have some of your own?

  • Ball carrier holds the ball in two hands.
  • The weight of the pass is considered in terms of distance, speed, and accuracy.
  • There is no need to spin the ball.
  • Players should listen and respond to the coaches call.
  • There is no reason why players cannot talk and listen at the same time.
  • Players are always moving and passing, even when their position is static.
  • Players are up on the balls of their feet and ready to change direction quickly.
  • Players can direction right away, when told to do so.
  • Players maintain the line in terms of speed and space, like in defence!
  • Movement is controlled and no too fast in any one direction.

Progression

  • Give each player a ball - passing between players still takes place with two balls active at once. 
  • Passing and movement stops on a coaches instruction to e.g. do five sit up, five press ups etc. Once the instruction has been carried out - movement and passing carries on. Can players remember what they were doing before the instruction e.g. moving south?

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