Drill Categories

Backs Moves Drills

There are seven backs in a team, with the rugby position numbers 9-15. As the name suggests they are positioned behind the forwards, and include the S...

Defensive Patterns Drills

Defensive patterns are the positions your players take up when stopping opposition attacks. By developing your players knowledge of defensive pattern...

Drills

Drift Defence

category: Defensive-Patterns

Rugby Drift defence Defensive Patterns 4 Tackle Bags. 10 Cones and 1 Ball. 10m x 30m. The first player in the line begins with the ball. As he approa...

Broken Defence

category: Sevens

Rugby Broken Defence Sevens Tell your players the following..... The attacking group will wait at the top of the training area until the coach calls ...

Man To Man

category: Defensive-Patterns

Rugby Man to Man Defensive Patterns 3 attackers and 2 defenders. The scrum half passes to the first receiver of group of 3 attackers. The 3 attacking...

Flat Defence

category: Defensive-Patterns

Rugby Flat Defence Defensive Patterns Players line up together along the line of the 1st set of cones. On the signal of the coach all the players adv...

Last 15 Defence Drill

category: Defensive-Patterns

Rugby Last 15 Defence Drill Defensive Patterns A drill to practice defending in wide channels. Set up a grid that is 40m wide and 20m long, with the ...

Ruck Defence

category: Ruck

Rugby Ruck Defence Ruck Coach controls defence with calls up and back between cones placed 1 - 2 metres apart. On the call of "LIVE" the defence stay...

Simple Drift Defence

category: Defensive-Patterns

Rugby Simple Drift Defence Defensive Patterns 3 attacks - 2 defenders Scrum half passes to first receiver of group of 3 3 attack 2 passing ball down ...

Defending In Threes

category: Defensive-Patterns

Rugby Defending in Threes Defensive Patterns Set up 4 grids of about 8-10m by 5m. 3 players start on the first grid, working from one end to the othe...

Blitz Defence

category: Defensive-Patterns

Rugby Blitz Defence Defensive Patterns WHY? Put pressure on attacking side. Force ball back inside. More numbers in defence than attackers. WHEN?

3 On 2 Attack And Defence Drill

category: Defensive-Patterns

Rugby 3 on 2 Attack and Defence Drill Defensive Patterns Set an area with two different coloured cones on the touch line in the middle, one for defen...

1V1 Evasion

category: Agility-Running-Skills

2 players start on opposite end of a 5x5m block

  1. On the whistle they run down the line, turn the corner,
  2. The player with the b...

2 On 1 Attack And Defence Drill

category: Match-Related

Set a narrow grid to attack. Defenders and attackers begin on the touchline in the centre. Both leave at the same time and run around appointed con...

2 On 1 Attack And Defence Drill

category: Passing

Set a narrow grid to attack. Defenders and attackers begin on the touchline in the centre. Both leave at the same time and run around appointed con...

2 V 1 Into 3 V 2

category: Decision-making

Drill to improve short space and wide space overlap play.

Set up a grid 15m wide, split into a 5m channel and a 10m channel, and 10m long (se...

2 V 1

category: Passing

  1. This is a simple 2 v 1.
  2. The two players have to get past the one defender without being touched, that's it.
  3. The defender wi...

2 V 2 (Switch)

category: Decision-making

This is a basic 2 v 2 drill to allow players to progress from a simple 2 v 1. In a channel no wider than 10m, 2 attackers have 5 attempts to score ...

2 V 2 Box

category: Sevens

Tell your players the following......

  1. Whichever group of 2 is given the ball becomes the attack, and should attack upon receiving the ...

2 Vs 1

category: School

  • continuous attack wire is handling under pressure and incorporates a large number of players.
  • Emphasis on the execution of the skill...

2 Vs 2 (Loop And Step Inside)

category: Decision-making

This is a basic 2 vs 2 drill to allow players to progress from a simple 2 v 1.

In a channel no wider than 10m, 2 attackers have 5 attempts t...

2 Vs 2 (Quick Scissor)

category: Decision-making

This is a basic 2 v 2 drill to allow players to progress from a simple 2 v 1. In a channel no wider than 10m, 2 attackers have 5 attempts to score...

2 Vs 2 Colours Attack And Defence

category: Agility-Running-Skills

The drill starts with 2 defenders and 2 attackers. The 2 attackers start one behind the other, about 3+ meters apart, the first players job is to e...

2 Vs 2 Linebreak Scenario

category: Agility-Running-Skills

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 'V' 2

category: Passing

  1. This is a simple 3 v 2.
  2. The three attackers have to get past the two defenders without being touched, that's it.
  3. The defend...

3 On 1 Attack And Defence Drill

category: Match-Related

Set a grid to attack. Defenders and attackers begin on the touchline in the centre. Both leave at the same time and run around appointed cones, bal...

3 On 1 Attack And Defence Drill

category: Passing

Set a grid to attack. Defenders and attackers begin on the touchline in the centre. Both leave at the same time and run around appointed cones, bal...

3 On 2 Attack And Defence Drill

category: Match-Related

Set an area with two different coloured cones on the touch line in the middle, one for defenders and one for attackers. At the prompt of the coach ...

3 On 2 Attack And Defence Drill

category: Passing

Set an area with two different coloured cones on the touch line in the middle, one for defenders and one for attackers. At the prompt of the coach ...

3 Second 3 Player Touch

category: Sevens

Tell your players the following.....

  1. This game is about support and ensuring that support is close to the ball carrier.
  2. This ...

3 Second Touch - Touch Rugby Variation

category: Warm-Up

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 follow...

3 Times A Charm

category: Sevens

Tell your players the following......

  1. On the 4 players side, they will go 2 at a time in attack - the balls should be with these playe...

3 Touch Kick

category: Warm-Up

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...

3 V 2 Into 2 V 1

category: Passing

Drill to practice overlap situations.

Set up a grid roughly 10m x 10m, with another grid roughly 5m x 5m adjacent to it (see diagram - red co...

3D Touch Rugby

category: School

Players can run with the ball and pass in all directions. If a player is touched while in possession of the ball, it is an immediate turnover (ball...

3V2

category: School

Set up two lines of 3 cones, about 10 meters apart, with players on each of the three cones. On the coach's whistle players play out a 3v2 (always ...

Drill to practice team shapes or backs moves against a defence with less numbers than the attack.

Set up a "ruck" with a scrum half...

5 Attacks 3

category: Sevens

  • Using cones mark out the four corners and the midways points of each side of a 20 x 20 meter training area.
  • Divide your players into...

7'S Colour Touch

category: Sevens

Tell your players the following.....

  1. The attack will remain in attack for 5 minutes, you'll then switch over.
  2. Normal rules of...

7V7 Touch

category: Sevens

Tell your players the following...

  1. We are playing 7's, normal rules apply - except this is touch.
  2. Upon getting touched a play...

8 Vs 3 Game

category: Match-Related

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 ...

All In Touch

category: Warm-Up

The following are the laws for this game:

  • Equal number of defenders and attackers.
  • Use bibs to identify both teams.

Another Defender Bites The Dust

category: Warm-Up

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

Tell your players the following......

  1. Players will standing at the midway point of the playing area, about 25 meters in.
  2. Tell...

Tell your players the following......

  1. Players will standing at the midway point of the playing area.
  2. Tell each team which dir...

Attacking Lines: Unders And Overs

category: Passing

  • Attackers react to the defensive line in a 3 v 2 situation
  • If defence is compressed - overs - an outside line should be exploited. Can...

Beat The Defence

category: Handling

Offensive players (blue), line out in one deep line while the defence (red) line up opposite in a straight line, slightly inside player from the pl...

Beat The Defence

category: Passing

Offensive players (blue), line out in one deep line while the defence (red) line up opposite in a straight line, slightly inside player from the pl...

Behind The Posts

category: Sevens

Tell your players the following.......

  1. One team of 7 will be in attack, the attack should start behind the 22 meter line and they will...

Building The Defence 1

category: Sevens

Tell your players the following.........

  1. The coach will call a number e.g. 1.
  2. That attacking group must attack, aiming to sco...

Building The Loop

category: Passing

Tell your players the following.....

  1. One group of 4 players will be in defence.
  2. The other two groups of 4 will be in attack, ...

Bunch

category: Decision-making

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

    category: Passing

    Tell your players the following.

    1. Lets just get the ball moving clockwise for a while, just to get the ball moving through the hands.

    Colour Cone Attack

    Drill to practice attacking from different positions.

    Set up a grid roughly 20m wide and 15m long with three defenders (yellow) and four atta...

    Colour Defend

    Tell the players the following.....

    1. The coach will call a colour.
    2. At that point the players from those cones should run to th...

    Connaught

    1. Carries the ball forward, inviting the defence to press up.
    2. 10 Passes to 12.
    3. 10 loops around 12 following their pass, 10 sh...

    Connaught

    1. Carries the ball forward, inviting the defence to press up.
    2. 10 Passes to 12.
    3. 10 loops around 12 following their pass, 10 sh...

    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, ...

    Defence - Swimming in Twos

    2 defenders work together to force 5 players to pass and work them towards touch.

    The golden rule is for them to keep their spacing even, ens...

    Defense vs attack drill

    • The aim is to the defensive situation to keep changing the defence gets used to drifting or pressing.
    • The aim of the attack i...

    Defense, drift and blitz

    • Excellent drill to put defenders in game situations and having to make decisions.
    • Defenders go from defending one side into t...

    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.
    • ...

    Double Gauntlet

    Mark an area 15m wide and 20m long.

    3 Attackers vs 2 Defence vs 2 Defence

    Have the 2 lines of 2 Defenders 5-7m apart

    Drift, Cover or Blitz Touch

    During a game of touch in a grid sized 30 x 30 metres the coach can choose to call blitz, drift or cover at any breakdow...

    Drop Out Touch.

    • 2 Teams
    • Attackign and defensive focus.

    Normal game of touch rugby, however whenever the defender touches an attacker...

    Drop Out Touch.

    • 2 Teams
    • Attackign and defensive focus.

    Normal game of touch rugby, however whenever the defender touches an attacker...

    ENTER 1

    1. Use the diagram to help with players starter positions, but feel free to experiment.
    2. 10 carries the ball forward, inviting the oppos...

    ENTER 2

    1. Use the diagram as suggested starting positions, but be flexible.
    2. 10 carries the ball forward, inviting the opposition defence to pr...

    ENTER 3

    1. 10 carried the ball forward, inviting the defence to press up.
    2. 11 runs a decoy line.
    3. 10 passes to 12.
    4. 15 runs a li...

    ENTER 4

    1. 10 carried the ball forward, inviting the defence to press up.
    2. 11 runs a decoy line.
    3. 10 passes to 12.
    4. 15 runs a li...

    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...

    Fast And Pressured

    Tell your players the following......

    1. There will be one runner.
    2. 1 player, static, on each cone. 4 players on the cones in tot...

    Fast And Pressured

    Tell your players the following......

    1. There will be one runner.
    2. 1 player, static, on each cone. 4 players on the cones in tot...

    Fast Up - Play

    Tell your players the following......

    1. This game is to be played at pace.
    2. It is contact and normal rules of 7's apply, only di...

    Five In, Two Out Touch

    Give the ball to the attacking team and tell your players the following.......

    1. This is touch 7's, other than that - normal rules of 7'...

    Flip It

    • Be brief when telling the players the laws of this game, it's important to ge...

    Footspeed

    Tell your players the following......

    1. One group of 3 will be on the bottom right cones, the attack - they should have a ball each.

    Four Handed Touch

    The following are the laws for this game:

    • Equal number of defenders and attackers. Use bibs to identify both teams.
    • Normal l...

    Four In, Three Out Touch

    Give the ball to the attacking team and tell your players the following.......

    1. This is touch 7's, other than that - normal rules of 7'...

    Go To Goal Touch

    The following are the laws for this game:

    • Normal laws of rugby apply; a knock on etc. results in a turn over.
    • The attacking t...

    Hands up / Hands Down

    • Lets just get the ball moving clockwise for a while, just to get the ball moving through the hands.
    • After a minute or two, lets swit...

    Hit & Defend

    Tell your players the following.....

    1. The defence will first turn and hit the pads.
    2. When the attack hears the hit - they can a...

    Join the attack: 2v1 - 3v2 - 5v4

    • With a group of nine, tell two of them they are attackers - for now. The rest will be in defence.
    • Allocate your defenders within the...

    Keep Going 3/2

    Tell the players the following.....

    1. The attackers will start at the base of the grid and attack the first box.
    2. The 2 defender...

    Keep Going 4/3

    Tell your players the following...

    1. The attackers will start at the base of the grid and attack the first box.
    2. The 2 defenders...

    Keep The Ball Game

    Tell your players the following:

    1. One group of two players will be defenders, you might want to give them bibs.
    2. The attackers ...

    Keep The Ball Game

    Tell your players the following:

    1. One group of two players will be defenders, you might want to give them bibs.
    2. The attackers ...

    Kick and join the attack 5 v 4

    One player kicks the ball to the 1 player left at the end of the grid as soon as the kick goes in the air the rest of the kicking team run to suppo...

    Leave No Man Behind

    • Players start in the bottom right corner and on the command sprint as a group before doing 5 press ups.
    • They advance as a defensive ...

    Leave No Man Behind

    • Players start in the bottom right corner and on the command sprint as a group before doing 5 press ups.
    • They advance as a defensive ...

    Leinster

    1. Use the diagram as a starting point for players.
    2. 10 advances carrying the ball, inviting the defence to press up on the attack.
    3. ...

    Link Touch

    • Set up as a standard game of touch rugby, with two teams. The playing area should be wide and not too long.
    • Every touch tackle the def...

    Living On The Edge

    • Split the players into two teams, giving each team their own set of bibs. Two different colours that clearly define the teams.
    • Keep ...

    Loaded Sevens: Touch

    Tell your players the following......

    1. The team with 7 players will be in attack for the first half.
    2. Normal 7 rules apply.

    M1 (13 MISSED)

    1. See the diagram for suggested starting positions.
    2. 10 moves forward with the ball, drawing the defence to press.
    3. 10 passing ...

    M1 (13 MISSED, 14 OVER)

    1. See the diagram for suggested starting positions.
    2. 10 moves forward with the ball, drawing the defence to press.
    3. 10 passing ...

    M1 (13 MISSED, 14 UNDER)

    1. See the diagram for suggested starting positions.
    2. 10 moves forward with the ball, drawing the defence to press.
    3. 10 passing ...

    M1 12 UNDER

    1. Note the starting positions of players for this move, it's just a suggestion. However, I suggest your players start that bit flatter, and tha...

    Maul Touch

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

    Multi Support Touch

    Once the coach has kicked the ball in to start players play a normal rules game of touch rugby.

    The only difference is with the scoring:

    ...

    Multi Support Touch

    Once the coach has kicked the ball in to start players play a normal rules game of touch rugby.

    The only difference is with the scoring:

    ...

    Narrow Channel Passing

    Drill to practice attacking in a small channel.

    Set up a channel roughly 20m wide and 5m long. Position three defenders on the try-line and f...

    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...

    Offloading touch game.

    • Develops lines of support, vision, footwork and offloading.
    • If a player is touched, he must go to the floor and off load.&nbs...

    Offside From Kicker

    Drill to practice defensive organisation when the kicker must put their teammates onside.

    Set up a grid roughly 30m long and 30m wide.

    ...

    One Touch Off-Load

    • Keep your player briefing; brief, and get them working as soon as possible.I can't stress this enough, it's not a debating society - players ...

    Open Channel

    • Give each training area one ball and tell the players the following......
    1. Lets just get the ball moving down the line. Gi...

    Out The Back Passing

    • Groups of 6+
    • Ball

    3 Attackers line up opposite 2 defenders.

    The ball carrier takes the ball hard up to t...

    Overlap - 3 'v' 2

    Tell your players the following......

    1. The first attacking unit will go, at the same time 2 of the defenders will round the top of the ...

    Passing Box

    Tell your players the following.......

    • There should be one group of 4 players between each cone on the four sides of the grid.

    Passing Central

    • Keep your player briefing, brief - and get the players moving as quickly as you can. You may consider having a demo group.
    • On your g...

    Passing compass

    • Have a quick demo using one group - keep your player briefing, brief.
    • Each pair face one another and stand side by side, about 1 met...

    Passing to Support

    • Tell your players the following......
    1. One the call of the scrum half, the 3 attackers turn, round the cone and attack.

    Piggy in the middle

  • Two teams with one team in the middle.
  • Each player has to kick the ball over the the middle team for a member of the other team to catch. ...

    Push Push 2

    Tell the players the following......

    1. When the attack advances the defenders PRESS UP on the attack.
    2. The attackers must pass t...

    Push Push 3

    Tell the players the following......

    1. When the attack advances the defenders PRESS UP on the attack.
    2. The attackers must pass t...

    Quick Ball/ Offload Touch

    Once an attacker is touched they must offload within one second.

    You can start the game so that players have to pass the ball in front of de...

    Quick Ball/ Offload Touch

    Once an attacker is touched they must offload within one second.

    You can start the game so that players have to pass the ball in front of de...

    React to Situation - 3 vs 2

    Players should pass in a line on the whistle.

    The 2 players closest to the ball go out to the line and as soon as they turn the 3 remaining ...

    Round The World

    • Tell your players the following.....
    1. The first player picks the ball up at the cone passes the ball to the next player, t...

    Round The World

    • Tell your players the following.....
    1. The first player picks the ball up at the cone passes the ball to the next player, t...

    Rugby Netball

    Break your players into two teams.

    • One team goes to attack, and one to defence.
    • There is no kicking in this game.
    • No...

    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...

    Running Lines with Defence

    • Running straight and changing your running line will make players better attackers and underpins an effective 2 v 1
    • Start with a 5 v 3...

    Scattered defence - 6 vs 4

    Groups of ten work with one ball per group

    Defenders scattered around the grid, static and can only operate sideways

    If touched, the ...

    Scoring Zones

    • 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.
    • ...

    Scramble Defence Drill

    • Groups of 6
    • Balls

    2 attackers start with the ball the complete a simple 2v1 catch and pass.

    The fi...

    Seven In Touch

    The following are the laws for this game:

    1. Equal number of defenders and attackers.
    2. Normal laws of sevens rugby apply; a knock...

    Seven v Three

    Tell the players the following.......

    1. The 7 attackers, will always be in attack.
    2. The 3 defenders will always be in defence.

    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 ...

    STATIC 1

    1. See the diagram for suggested starting positions.
    2. 10 and 12 remain static, the other players are in motion, offering options.
    3. <...

    STATIC 2

    1. See the diagram for suggested starting positions.
    2. 10, 12, 13, will be starting very flat with minimal movement.
    3. 11 will pro...

    STATIC 3

    1. See the diagram for suggested starting positions.
    2. 10, 12, 13, will be starting very flat with minimal movement.
    3. 11 will pro...

    Structure Defence

  • 5 attackers - 10 defenders (or 2 to 1 ratio dependent on numbers)
  • Start slowly with ruck ball
  • Defenders cannot steal ball
  • SWITCH 1

    1. See the diagram for suggested starting positions.
    2. 10 carried the ball forward, inviting the defence to press up.
    3. 10 cuts in...

    Switch into Space

    Set your players up so they are in groups of 6, with 3 forwards and 3 backs.

    Line up the 3 backs to protect 2 try lines (marked by red cones)...

    Tabata Touch

    You can play any version of touch you like, I'm going to suggest One Touch Off-Load - but you can change this to suit your training goals for the s...

    Tackle Space

    Contact Defence

    The aim of the drill is to encourage the tackler to challenge for the space over the ball after the tackle....

    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 Kicking Game

  • Two teams of 2. 1 team attacking and the other team defenders.
  • Attacking team starts with a ball.

    Aim of the game is for the attac...

    The Berlin Wall

    • Tell the players that when you touch the shoulder of a player, they: have to go into the center of the circle, pick up the ball, and try to b...

    Turn-Over Game

    Tell the players the following......

    1. We are going to play a game, the 7 defenders will stay in defence throughout, and the 5 attacking...

    Two Man Piggy In The Middle

    • Tell your players the following......
    1. Two players will be defenders, it's their job to try and intercept the ball.
    2. <...

    ULSTER

    1. Use the diagram as a starting point for players.
    2. 10 advances carrying the ball, inviting the defence to press up on the attack.
    3. ...

    Wave After Wave

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

    Zoom - Cruse - Zoom

    • It's important that the defence does the following......
    1. They have numbers, so press up fast but.....
    2. Slow down ...

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    Phase Play and Continuity

    Continue to build the phases in your play and get your team working as an unit to offer support with this session!

    Defensive Skills: Contest Possession

    Pile the pressure on the oppositions attack with this defensive skills session. Get them scanning the attack to put pressure on the ball carrier and a...

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    Community Drills

    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 ...

    Defensive sliding drill

    Four Players will line up on the try line whilst the other players will line up behind one cone waiting to attack the try line.the defensive players a...

    Defensive Holes

    What happenes when we DONT keep a rigid straight line in defence

    Tight Channel Defence

    3 attackers v 3 defenders.10m x 10m squares.Attackers always come 'Around the corner' into the exercise

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    Ruck Defence Drill 1On a whistle, the forwards will recreate leaving a scrum or line out to take up positions at A,B,C,D around ruck