Drill Categories

Contact Skills Drills

A major part of rugby involves two or more players making physical contact with each other. Contact normally takes place during a tackle, lineout, scr...

Kicking Drills

Use the kicking drills and videos below to develop your players' accuracy, technique, tactical awareness and skills so they know the right kick to use...

Practices for Juniors

The junior videos and drills are designed to introduce and teach youth players to the correct techniques and skills they will in rugby, in a safe and ...

Ruck Clear Out Drills

A ruck clear out involves players removing their opposition from the ruck to allow a quick pass to be made and avoid turnovers. The ruck and clear out...

Scrum Drills

A scrum involves eight players from each side locking heads with the opposition. It is a way of restarting play after the ball has gone out to touch, ...

Tag Rugby Drills

Use the tag rugby drills and games (also referred to as touch rugby) to boost your junior players' passing, off-loading, and decision making ability. ...

Drills

Double Tag Rugby

category: Contact-skills

Rugby League Double Tag Rugby Contact skills Tackler must remove both tags simultaneously.

Ball Tag

category: Warm-Up

Rugby Ball Tag Warm Up Make sure that you have your warm-up area marked out before your players arrive, it's important that you get them working righ...

5 vs 5 Tag Rugby - Rugby Drill...

Rugby 5 vs 5 Tag Rugby Pitch 20m x 20m. All players wearing tag belts Start the game with a free pass, defenders must be 7m back at the start Attacki...

Single Tag Rugby.

category: Contact-Skills

Rugby Single Tag rugby. Contact Skills Start the session with a game of single Tag rugby.

Warm-up tag Tag rugby - Rugby ...

Rugby League Warm-up tag Tag rugby Start your session by splitting the players into two teams, one with bibs and the other without. Once the teams ha...

Catch me if you can Tag Rugby ...

Rugby Catch me if you can Tag Rugby Up to 10 in a group. Each player should have a tag belt. Each player partners up with someone and then stand side...

Warm-up tag Match Related - Ru...

Rugby Warm-up tag Match Related Start your session by splitting the players into two teams, one with bibs and the other without. Once the teams have ...

2 vs 2 Linebreak scenario

Here we are re-creating a 2 vs 2 scenario which we might find on the field. The aim is to put players under the same conditions which they would po...

3 Man Pass

4 cones in a square area.

7 players.

2 players on cone A & B with 1 player (the worker) in between the cones, and 1 player each o...

3 Touch Kick

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 followin...

4 vs 1

Groups of 5

Combine grids to make 2 channels each 10m x 20m

1 Ball per group

Ball carrier tries to score a try by running past...

5 v 5 tag rugby

2 teams. 5 players on each team in a large coned area. Area size depends on age, ability, and number of players in each team.

Team with the ...

8 vs 3 Game

8 players are lined up just outside the 22 metre line, with 3 defenders starting under the posts with the ball.

One of the defenders kicks ...

Alcatraz: Jail Break

This is a great warm-up for defensive and evasion sessions, or it might even be a warm-up that helps you reinforce coaching points made during a pr...

Another Defender Bites The Dust

  • Normal laws of rugby apply; a knock on etc. results in a turn over.
  • The attacking team gets unlimited touches.
  • A player is ...

Attacking footwork and tackling

Grid size is around 5x5m. You can keep changing the size of the grid.

The defender must shadow the attacker as they run towards a con...

Avoid the tackler in a line

5 players and 1 ball.

4 players in a staggered line in a coned area with 1 player in the middle as the tackler.

Ball Tag

Within a set playing area split your players into two groups - catchers and runners.

It's the catcher's job to tag as many runners as possib...

Bank Robbers

  • Keep your player briefing, brief! Tell the players the following laws for this exercise.....
  1. Players must start the game ...

Bull Dog

Large Grid 30m x 30m. Start with 5 defenders in the middle, everybody else stands at one end of the grid wearing tags.

On the coach's call a...

Bunch

  • Groups of 6
  • 1 ball per group
  • 4 attackers v 2 defenders holding a tag belt and working laterally.
  • Cat and Mouse

    Players stand back to back and await the coach's call. Whichever colour the coach shouts out are the mice (in the animation the coach shouts 'Blue'...

    Catch and pass channel

    • 8+ players
    • Ball
    • Players stand at equal distance away at differnt points along the grid.
    • One working p...

    Catch and pass channel

    • 8+ players
    • Ball
    • Players stand at equal distance away at differnt points along the grid.
    • One working p...

    Catch and pass channel

    • 8+ players
    • Ball
    • Players stand at equal distance away at differnt points along the grid.
    • One working p...

    Chain Reaction - Progression

  • 2 x Adjacent 20m x 10m channels
  • In the first channel, players pass the ball across the line in a chain. After the first pass, the player t...

    Corner line Tag

    The aim is that when the coach signals the start the defending players will spread across to the other side of the field quickly and defend the ent...

    Counter Attack

    Tell your players to do the following.......

    1. The two passing players keep passing the ball until the coach shouts GO.
    2. On GO, ...

    Denfence Down

    • Be brief when telling the players the laws of this game, it's important to get them moving quickly.
    • This is not a contact game.
    • ...

    Dont get tagged

    Teams of 3 against 1 Defender.

    The team of 3 start running and have to try and get to the other side. If the defender tags them they have t...

    Escape To Victory

    • Within each group of 10, there should be 4 attackers and 6 defenders.
    • The defenders should be in the outer grid and the attackers wi...

    Fend off the challenge

    Set Up

    Line of defenders - 5m apart in staggered formation tackle shield.

    Individual players move down the line – fend off each ta...

    Fending Off - Strong Hands

    Line of defenders - 5m apart in staggered formation tackle shield.
    Individual players move down the line, fend off each tackle in turn - righ...

    Game - 6 vs 4

  • Pitch is 20m x 20m. All players wearing Tag Belts
  • Start the game with a free pass, defenders must start behind the half way line

    Atta...

    Introduction to ruck

    In small teams, play a modified game where if the ball carrier is touched on the shorts with both hands of a defender, the ball carrier must go to ...

    Keep Ball

    Players work in groups of 5 in a grid 10m x 10m, with 1 Ball per group.

    4 Players work as a team to make 10 passes.

    The defender trie...

    Non-Stop Rugby

  • Play 5 v 3.
  • The aim of the game is for teams with unequal number of players to defend and attack. Possesion is changed if one of the follo...

    One on One Race

    Tell the players: The player in possession of the ball when the coach blows their whistle has to run around the cone at the end of the grid to try ...

    One on One Race

    Tell the players: The player in possession of the ball when the coach blows their whistle has to run around the cone at the end of the grid to try ...

    One on One Race

    Tell the players: The player in possession of the ball when the coach blows their whistle has to run around the cone at the end of the grid to try ...

    Pass along the line

    6 players in a coned area.

    All players start off behind the cone in a line.

    As player 1 starts to run each player staggers their run ...

    Pass and run

    Tell the players the following....

    1. Player 1 starts with the ball.
    2. Player 1 passes the ball to player 2 and then quickly moves...

    Pass and run

    Tell the players the following....

    1. Player 1 starts with the ball.
    2. Player 1 passes the ball to player 2 and then quickly moves...

    Passing & Evasion

    Tell your players the following.....

    1. Trackers will pass the ball and tag the evades.
    2. Evade simply avoid getting tagged with t...

    Presenting The Ball

    Good for younger rugby players to learn how to go into contact and set up the ball at pace, you can use it as a competition between the team with a...

    Presenting The Ball

    Good for younger rugby players to learn how to go into contact and set up the ball at pace, you can use it as a competition between the team with a...

    Presenting the Ball Using Tackle Bags

    Good for younger rugby players to learn how to go into contact and set up the ball at pace, you can use it as a competition between the team with a...

    Rugby Baseball

    Split your team into two teams. One team will be up to bat/kick and the other team will field. The fielding team should take up positions that they...

    Rugby Baseball

    Split your team into two teams. One team will be up to bat/kick and the other team will field. The fielding team should take up positions that they...

    Rugby Octopus

    The aim of this game is to increase player defence and decision making.

    • Set up a field about 15m long by 10m wide. Keep it narrow to g...

    Scarecrow Tag


  • Groups of 5

  • Grids 5 m x 5 m

  • All players wear Tags

  • Nominated player attempts to tag other players.
  • T...

    Score a Try

  • Grids 10m x 10m. 1 Ball per group. Groups of 5
  • Players take it in turns to be the defender in the middle (4 tackles then change). The atta...

    Scrum Profile Stage 1

    • The aim of the drill is to develop strong positive profiling with resistance from coach to check for stability and strength.

    Scrum Profile Stage 2

    • The aim of the drill is to develop strong positive profiling and to develop core-stability.

    Simple Passing Grid

    • Brief your players one what you would like them to do.
    • Start the activity by having all players pass the ball around the grid in any...

    Space Invaders

    Keep your playing briefing, brief and tell the players the following laws.

    • Both teams are in attack and both teams are in defence, at ...

    Speed Pass

  • 8 in each group.
  • 6 in the playing area and 2 outside it.
  • The six in the playing area play a 4 v 2 against each other trying to pass...

    Speed Pass

  • 8 in each group.
  • 6 in the playing area and 2 outside it.
  • The six in the playing area play a 4 v 2 against each other trying to pass...

    Stuck in the mud

    Within a set playing area split your players into two groups - catchers and runners.

    It's the catcher's job to tag as many runners as possib...

    Stuck in the mud

    • Groups of 6+
    • Balls
    • Bibs
    • Cones

    One player with a ball must run around trying to tou...

    Tag Maul Game

  • Groups of 10.
  • 5 v 5 Match.
  • Players start the game and after each touch the touched player must simulate a MAUL by turning and setti...

    Tag: Hounds and Hairs

    • The attackers need to get from one end of the grid, a safe zone, to the other end of the grid, another safe zone, without getting touched.

    Team of 5 v 1 v 1 v 1 v 1 v 1

  • 2 x 20m x 10m Channels
  • 5 Defenders in each channel, spaced 5m apar
  • The attacking team of 5 players must beat each defender in tur...

    Team of 5 v 1 v 3 v 1

    Change the shape of the defenders. Instead of a single line, one behind the other, try 1 then 3 then 1 or 1 2 2.

    The Next Pass

    • Keep your player briefing, brief! Tell the players the following or have a demonstration group.....
    1. We have 8 static pass...

    They Just Keep Coming

    1. We have 8 static passers and two runners.
    2. There should be a static passer on each cone, eight in total.
    3. The 9th player will...

    They Just Keep Coming

    1. We have 8 static passers and two runners.
    2. There should be a static passer on each cone, eight in total.
    3. The 9th player will...

    Three Blind Mice - Tag Warm-Up

    • Tell the players that one group is the Mice and that mice have tails, their tags. The other group is not happy with the Mice, they are the Fa...

    Touch Ruck Game 4 v 4

    Defenders must use two hands to tag the ball carrier and have the body position as if performing a tackle

    Once tagged the ball carrier goes ...

    Touch The Runner

    • Put a group of 7 inside inside one of your grids. Tell them the following laws: The player not wearing a bib (the runner) is trying stay away...

    Touch The Runner

    • Put a group of 7 inside inside one of your grids. Tell them the following laws: The player not wearing a bib (the runner) is trying stay away...

    Union Jack

    Tell your players the following...

    1. On GO Player A passes to B who in turn passes to Player C. At the same time Player E passes F.
    2. ...

    Warm up - Bulldog Touch

    • 2 Catchers.
    • Everyone else Runners.

    This is a warm up game that is used to raise the heart rates of the children.&nbs...

    Warm up - Bulldog Touch

    • 2 Catchers.
    • Everyone else Runners.

    This is a warm up game that is used to raise the heart rates of the children.&nbs...

    Web Videos

    Tag rugby - an introduction

    Ireland coach Les Kiss gives an introduction to tag rugby - a fun way to stay fit, enjoy a great social scene and develop your skills.

    Sessions

    Developing the Maul

    Work on your team's maul technique with this session, improving their current ability to create, secure and defend the maul

    Developing Invasive Attacking Skills!

    Improve your players decision making to help them recognise where the space will develop and how they can maximise their success when they create the ...

    Answers

    Community Drills

    Run around tag rugby

    2 teams align next to coach.Coach passes ball to one team, all players must "run-around" their marker to enter the playing grid.3 v 3 tag ru...

    2vs 1

    2 players have to try to score in the ingoal.They can get touch max 3 timesEverytime they get touch they need to pass the ballRun forwardPass after ge...

    Autosave 62397868

    Play matches max. 5vs 5learning to run forwarsupport each other and pass when tag.

    4 v 2 continuous rugby

    4 attackers v 2 defenders. 4 players stand in the middle of the pitch red facing red, blue facing blue. The attackers start with the ball and advance ...

    Tag Team

    Players each have a ball and start in the inner square. BOTH HANDS hold the ball.2 chasers outside of the inner square, stand on the line of the outer...

    Catch me if you can

    The first player runs and picks up the ball on the coaches whistle. The 2nd player then goes as soon as the ball has been picked up and tries to tag t...

    Tag Rugby Offside

    An example of the common situation in tag rugby. A tackle is made and there's a player (or players) offside leading to an illegal intercept of th...

    Wheel Tag

    Wheel Tag - One tagger has to run round the circle to tag the nominated player.Team work and communication is needed to prevent the tagger from catchi...