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I am familiar with field positioning, play, and stategies for the fowards but can anyone give me advice on how to pick a good flyhalf and scrum half. Also how to train them on making the best decisions on the pitch, for example when to pass out wide, how to relieve defensive pressure, when to kick, etc...? My backs are still new to rugby. Some have less than a year's experience and others are brand new to the sport.
What age group are your players William?
They are 14-19 but the median age is 16.
Your players are at the right age to start taking responsibility for how they play. Asking them questions is a good way to build player understanding.
Your scrum half should be an energetic and fit individual who can pass off either hand and be one of those players who is constantly involved. The fly half is your general, a thinker who has good individual skills and can understand what is needed to get the team into the right positions on the field.
I cannot write enough here to answer all your qustions. My advice would be to get your players playing small sided games and pose them questions: Why did you kick the ball there? What other option could you have taken?
If the defence is bunched in the middle of the pitch where are the gaps? If the defence is spread across the pitch then shouldn't we attack through the middle?
In this way you get the players to think about what they are doing and from that you build team understanding and decison makers in the key positions.
I wish you luck.
Thank you Simon. Very helpful information. Do you know of any reading material that I could acquire that can give me detailed drills and strategies?
William, there are a number of excellent books out there.
I would suggest looking on the web as bookshops probably don't have such specialist items in stock.
On Amazon in their Rugby Union section I would reccomend:
Total Rugby: Fifteen-man Rugby for Coach and Player (Paperback) by Jim Greenwood (Author)
"It is not only useful for staff who are experienced but a valuable tool for those subject staff who have to take teams."
The variety of sessions across sports - sometimes we steal session ideas from one sport and use them with another.
As we enter the business end of the competition, we take a look at the remaining eight teams and the key talking points surrounding each side.
Give it a try - it's better in the app