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Drills

1 vs 1 Ball Retention

The ball carrier walks up to the defender and turns away to present the ball to their own team.

The defender should try to turn the ball car...

1 vs 1 get to feet

Pass gets given to the attacker who has to run down the grid. When the tackle comes in the player with the ball has to present the ball.

Tac...

1 vs 2

  • The aim of the drill is to develop ball carrying in a contact zone.

10 Pass game

  • 2 teams
  • Bibs
  • Balls

one team musttry and complete 10 passes in a small grid.

Whne pla...

1v1 Clap Tackle - Warm up

  • Groups of 2.
  • Everyone find some space.
  • Stand opposite your partner.
  • One of the players (attacker) use footwor...

1v1 Clap Tackle - Warm up

  • Groups of 2.
  • Everyone find some space.
  • Stand opposite your partner.
  • One of the players (attacker) use footwor...

1v1 Clap Tackle - Warm up

  • Groups of 2.
  • Everyone find some space.
  • Stand opposite your partner.
  • One of the players (attacker) use footwor...

1v1 evasion

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...

1v1 Tackle Grid

  • Small playing area, for 1 v 1 tackling.
  • Players line up in two lines adjacent to the coned area.
  • Coach shouts go and the front...

1v1 Tackle Grid

  • Small playing area, for 1 v 1 tackling.
  • Players line up in two lines adjacent to the coned area.
  • Coach shouts go and the front...

2 on 1 Attack and Defence Drill

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

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 Drawing The Defender

  • One attacking team and one defending team.
  • Exercise focused on decision making when in a 2 v 1 situation.
  • Each team lines up e...

2 v 1 into 3 v 2

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

  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)

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

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 + 1 in 2 grids

2 attackers with a half back attack a defender

The support player should be able to read the situation and apply the best techniques for bal...

2 vs 1 - Decision Making

Four players per group inside a 10m x 30m Channel. Requires 10 cones and 1 ball.

Two players start outside of the grid with two players insi...

2 vs 1 - with running support

The lead attacker runs at straight at defender.

Attacks runs into space, either on the left or the right, takes the tackle and then off-load...

2 vs 1 - with running support

The lead attacker runs straight at the defender, attacking either the space on the left or the right before taking the tackle and off loading to th...

2 vs 1

Coach starts with the ball and can throw the ball to either one of the outside players of the 3 players ready to play.

The player in the mid...

2 vs 1 Gauntlet

Set up two 1m wide gates of cones (green and red) either side of a feeder, with a line of attackers opposite (5m away). Have a number of defenders ...

2 vs 2 (in - out line)

In a channel no wider than 10m, two attackers have 5 attempts to score a try on the red cones.

The attackers try to create space and beat th...

2 vs 2 (loop and step inside)

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 (out - in support line)

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 t...

2 vs 2 (quick scissor)

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

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

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...

2v2 track and tackle

10m wide channel, 2 attackers start with the ball while 2 defenders atart at the other end.

when instructed the attackers attempt to score ag...

3 'v' 2

  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

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

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

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

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

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 Times A Charm

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

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 Fixing Defenders

  • This is a backs moves passing exercise, aimed at drawing and fixing up a defender, to give a supporting teammate more space and take the defen...

3 v 2 into 2 v 1

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...

3 v 2 Reverse Drill

Drill to practice 3 v 2 attacking scenarios.

Set up a channel 20m long and 15m wide with cones every 10m along the length (red, yellow, green...

3 v 2 v 2

Set up a channel with two sets of defenders working in pairs inside.

Three attacking players start with the ball and run around the far cone...

3 v Tackle Bag and body Suit

3 attackers start at the beginning of the grid who will go up against the tackle bag first and then the person in the body suit second; these two s...

3 v Tackle Bag and body Suit

3 attackers start at the beginning of the grid who will go up against the tackle bag first and then the person in the body suit second; these two s...

3 v Tackle Bag and body Suit

3 attackers start at the beginning of the grid who will go up against the tackle bag first and then the person in the body suit second; these two s...

3 vs 2 - Sprint to support

15m x 35m Grid.

1 Attacker starts on the half way line of the grid, with the other two outside of the grid back to back with two defenders. ...

3 vs 2 - Support Running

3 vs 2 in a grid.

Defenders must stay in position to start.

Once skills progress defenders can move to try and stop attackers either ...

3 vs 2 - Support Running

3 vs 2 in a grid.

Defenders must stay in position to start.

Once skills progress defenders can move to try and stop attackers either ...

3 vs 2 Reload

  • The aim of the drill is to develop players reload speed and positioning.

3 vs 2

Simple 3 v 2, with two defenders with tackle bags.

The attackers must pass their way through the grid, using quick passes and good handling,...

3-Kick Warmup

Drill to warm up/practice different types of kick.

Players form two lines in the 15m channels with all the balls starting on one side.

...

360 Roll

  • The aim of the drill is to develop positive work after the tackle and when would you use a 360’ roll. often a loose tackle or let go.

    ...

3D Touch Rugby

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 Passing Channel

  • This is a 3 v 2 attack v defence situation where the attacking team must make passing decisions to get past the defenders and 'score a try'.

3v2

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 ...

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...

4 vs 1 vs 1

Players work in groups of six, with 1 ball per group and set up in the following way:

4 attackers vs 1 defender (between the first cones) an...

4v1v1 Down the Line

Attackers (red players) work down the channel in 4s, working the runners left and right to create space.

Defenders are only allowed to defen...

4v2 attacking grid

  • Groups 18
  • Balls
  • Cones

Groups of 4 line up on all sides of the square.

2 defenders tand in the middle o...

4v3 Passing Channel

  • This is a 4 v 3 overload drill in favour of the attackers
  • The area is set out, with four attackers spread out across the back line, th...

5 Attacks 3

  • 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...

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 ...

5 vs 5

Pitch 20m x 20m. All players wearing tag belts

Start the game with a free pass, defenders must be 7m back at the start

Attacking play...

7 v 3

  • Groups of ten
  • One ball per group
  • Defenders equidistant, can only move forwards and backwards
  • Attackers bunched to start
  • 7's Colour Touch

    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

    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

    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...

    Alignment - Running as a group

    Working in groups of up to 4, players spaced approximately 4-5 metres apart.

    Players jog to the 1st cone then jog backwards to the start line...

    All In Touch

    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

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

    Attack from Turnover

    • 2 Teams
    • Ball
    • Tackle Bags

    3 Tackle bags are in a break down formation. With one player from the o...

    Attack The Space

    The pitch is divided into two halves

    The defenders must start at opposite corners of the pitch

    The attacker must have at least one pl...

    Attack until youre tackled

    Playing area of 25m in length - adjust width to suit numbers- equal numbers in both teams

    Full LEG tackles ONLY - ball carrier when tackled ...

    Attack/Defend Big Time

    Tell your players the following......

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

    Attack/Defend

    Tell your players the following......

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

    Attacking footwork and tackling 3

    • Drill can be full contact. Make sure the defender gets back to his feet quickly after the tackle to practice stealing the bal. Attacker pre...

    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...

    Attacking Kick On The Move

    Practice short kicks while attacking forward (not standing still).

    The attackers are aiming to land their kick in the target area (yellow con...

    Attacking Lines: Unders and Overs

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

    Attacking Skills Version 1

    Tell your players the following......

    1. Players will attack in teams of 2, each attacking unit will have their own ball.
    2. At the...

    Ball & Player

    Tell the players the following.....

    1. This is all about tackling at chest height.
    2. The facing player will advance, they will be ...

    Ball Tag

    Make sure that you have your warm-up area marked out before your players arrive, it's important that you get them working right away.

    • ...

    Baseball

    Set up a pitch area (green cones) based on the age of the players (depending on how far they can kick) with fielders spread out around the pitch. (...

    Battle Of Heads

    • The aim of the drill is to develop good techniques to remove a threat.

    Beat the defence

    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

    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...

    Beating the ball and rucking

    • Decision-making in contact.
    • The aim is to get the ball carrier beyond the tackler and the support of players making decisions...

    Beating the Opponent.

  • Player A (Blue) starts with the ball, and Player B (Red) defends.
  • Both players start at the corner of the 15 meter grid with their backs to...

  • Behind The Posts

    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...

    Blindside Wing

    Moving the ball along the line this play sees 11 run up behind 10 to support the line and blind side the opposition.

    10 plays a pop pass for...

    Blindside Wing

    Moving the ball along the line this play sees 11 run up behind 10 to support the line and blind side the opposition.

    10 plays a pop pass for...

    Broken Defence

    Tell your players the following.....

    1. The attacking group will wait at the top of the training area until the coach calls the number of...

    Building The Contact 2

    Setup:

    Set up with 4 players with pads, and four players facing them about five metres away. There should be enough space between the...

    Building The Defence 1

    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

    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, ...

    Building The Switch Pass

    Keep your player briefing short and tell your players the following....

    1. 3 attackers line up on the first three cones, the rest fall in...

    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.
  • Centering

    • The aim of the drill is to develop a strong profile, protecting the ball

    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...

    Channel Ball

    This game is designed to teach the players about retiring to an onside position when a tackle is made.

    • Set-up a field approximately 10...

    Clear out and Jackal work

    • Ball
    • Tackle Suits

    Players around the outside pass the ball around with eachtoher until coach blows his whistle...

    Clear out and Jackal work

    • Ball
    • Tackle Suits

    Players around the outside pass the ball around with eachtoher until coach blows his whistle...

    Clear out drill basics

    • Groups of 3+
    • Bag
    • Sausage

    2 player starts on his chest infront of the sausage, another player lines up ...

    Clear out drill basics

    • Groups of 3+
    • Bag
    • Sausage

    2 player starts on his chest infront of the sausage, another player lines up ...

    Clear out drill basics

    • Groups of 3+
    • Bag
    • Sausage

    2 player starts on his chest infront of the sausage, another player lines up ...

    Clear out drill basics

    • Groups of 3+
    • Bag
    • Sausage

    2 player starts on his chest infront of the sausage, another player lines up ...

    Clear out drill basics

    • Groups of 3+
    • Bag
    • Sausage

    2 player starts on his chest infront of the sausage, another player lines up ...

    Clear out drill basics

    • Groups of 3+
    • Bag
    • Sausage

    2 player starts on his chest infront of the sausage, another player lines up ...

    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...

    Contact Zones

    Set up:

    8 defending players Tackle Suits, one ball carrier and four support players.

    Contest The Tackle

    • Groups of three, the aim of the exercise is for the second defender to contest the tackle.
    • One player starts with the ball, standing s...

    Continuous 2 vs 1

    Set up a grid roughly 5m x 5m with two lines of attackers on one side (blue), and two defenders on the other (red). The aim of the drill is for att...

    Continuous 2 vs 1

    Set up a grid roughly 5m x 5m with two lines of attackers on one side (blue), and two defenders on the other (red). The aim of the drill is for att...

    Continuous 3 vs 2

    Set up a grid roughly 7m x 5m with three lines of attackers on one side (blue), and two defenders on the other (red). The aim of the drill is for a...

    Continuous Attacking

  • Groups of four, 1 attacker and three defenders
  • Coach calls out the number of a defender as the attacker retreats to allow that defender an...

  • Continuous break

    Coned area 30 metres by 30 metres with two teams of players on one side Coach kicks the ball is kicked into the the grid.

    2 different number...

    Continuous Passing off the floor 1

    Set up a square with cones, making one side of the square with two gates of cones.

    Get the players to line up evenly behind the two ind...

    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 (from kick).

  • Player X kicks to receivers A, B & C, while players Y & Z chase the kick followed by X.
  • Players A, B & C counter attack, first beating players ...

  • 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, ...

    Crash Through 2 Tackle Bags

    Basic but good warm up drill for matches.

    4 cones set up a grid of about 5-10m by 5-10m. 2 defenders with tackle shields start in the centre...

    Croc Roll

    • The aim of the drill is to develop good techniques to remove a low threat over the ball.

    Crocodile Roll

    • 2 players minimum
    • Tackle Sausage

    -Crocodile roll is one technique to repmove threats from a breakdown.

    Crocodile Roll

    • 2 players minimum
    • Tackle Sausage

    -Crocodile roll is one technique to repmove threats from a breakdown.

    Crouch Tackle

    Players stand 5 metres apart, only the attacking player moves in this drill, the tackler remains still as their partner approaches.

    As the ...

    Decision Making Box

    Tell your players the following......

    1. The ball carrier runs across the grid with the ball.
    2. The opposite player becomes the de...

    Decision Making Exercise

    The players stood behind the line work the ball up through the channel in groups of 5. As they progress up the area they work the ball left and rig...

    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...

    Defender - Round and Realign

    Tell your players the following......

    1. There will be one ball to each group, any player can be the ball carrier.
    2. Each group wi...

    Defending in Threes

    Set up 4 grids of about 8-10m by 5m.

    3 players start on the first grid, working from one end to the other, covering the 5m distance.

    Defending in Threes

    Set up 4 grids of about 8-10m by 5m.

    3 players start on the first grid, working from one end to the other, covering the 5m distance.

    Defending in Threes

    Set up 4 grids of about 8-10m by 5m.

    3 players start on the first grid, working from one end to the other, covering the 5m distance.

    Defense into rucking

    • Work this fitness, defensive in line speed, communication, beating the defender and rucking.
    • Even number of players and pads....

    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...

    Defensive Touch

    • 2 Teams.
    • Half Pitch.

    Touch Game with conditions;

    Attacker once touched must go down, bounce b...

    Defensive Touch

    • 2 Teams.
    • Half Pitch.

    Touch Game with conditions;

    Attacker once touched must go down, bounce b...

    Defensive Touch

    • 2 Teams.
    • Half Pitch.

    Touch Game with conditions;

    Attacker once touched must go down, bounce b...

    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.
    • ...

    Depth and Quick Hands

    • Highlights the importance of attacking from depth and letting the ball do the work in attack.
    • Team of four attackers versus three defe...

    Diamond shape supporting lines

    • This is an exercise for continuity and support for attacking play
    • Lay out a rectangular playing area, with four attackers and minimu...

    Dislodge the ball 2v1

    Set Up

    3 players, 1 ball

    2 v 1 one player with ball tries to retain possession whilst other 2 work to disl...

    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...

    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

    Double Trouble

    Tell your players the following.....

    1. The first attacking until enters through the top of the first channel, the defender there can the...

    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...

    Driving Maul

    3 attackers against two defenders with contact pads.

    Ball carrier takes ball into contact turning before hitting pads and presenting the ball...

    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...

    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...

    Evasion Drill

    Drill to practice/teach evasion skills.

    Set up two lines of cones (green and red) with two lines of players (blue and red) of equal numbers o...

    Evasion Skills

    Tell the players the following.....

    1. The player on the top of the grid is the defender.
    2. The player on the bottom is the attack...

    Fan Out and Pass

    Keep your player briefing, brief! You may decide to have a demonstration grid.

    • On your call, all players fan out to receive a pass.

    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...

    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...

    Find The Gap Grubber

    Drill to practice grubber kicking (a kick that bounces along the ground, bouncing no more than 1m away from the kicker) to a team mate to score.

    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'...

    Flat Defence

    Players line up together along the line of the 1st set of cones.

    On the signal of the coach all the players advance to the 3rd set of cones ...

    Flip It

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

    Floor/ Seal/ Clear/ Pick

    In groups of 4 inside the grid with 1 ball per group.

    Players should pass the ball around the group with small pops.

    On the coach's w...

    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.

    Footwork and handoff

    • Vital skills to beat a defender and get the football.
    • Ball is needed. Players must do it at full speed. Key players low and t...

    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'...

    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...

    Game To Coach Depth

    • Four attackers, two defenders in quite a small playing area - trying to find space.
    • The aim is for each team of four to try to score a...

    Game To Coach Depth

    • Four attackers, two defenders in quite a small playing area - trying to find space.
    • The aim is for each team of four to try to score a...

    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...

    Going to ground and rucking

    Two players from the same side run with the ball towards a single defender. When the ball carrier is in front of the defender they should go to the...

    Guard the Ball

    The player with the ball keeps it secured under one of his arms. The opposition player then works hard for ten seconds, trying to reach and get the...

    Handling in channels 3

    • Can evolve drilled by having 3 versus 2 in the wide channel.
    • Start off with defenders being passive in order for attacking success a...

    High Kick Catching

    Drill to practice catching high kicks.

    Set up a grid roughly 15m long and 10m wide.

    Get a line of players on one side of the grid, and ...

    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...

    Hit and Spin

    Two players with shields stand facing the runners on opposite sides of a grid. On the command, the players run into the shield and spins to their ...

    Hit The Gap Drill

    A drill to practice decision making and finding space between defenders.

    Set up a line of three defenders with tackle shields (roughly 2m apa...

    Hold off - 1v1

    Set Up

    2 players, 1 ball

    Start with ball carrier with a straight arm onto the chest of the defender.

    <...

    Hold, Press, Push

    Tell your players the following.....

    1. The first should of 3 will PUSH, drifting across and HIT the pads together.
    2. They will th...

    Individual ball carrying 1.

    Carry the ball in a high position and try to engage the defender.

    Make sure there is lots of foot work and active ball movement all the time...

    Individual ball carrying 2.

    Carry the ball in a high position and try to engage the defender.

    When players reach the cones at the end they will have to pass to the coac...

    Individual ball carrying 3.

    Carry the ball in a high position and try to engage the defender.

    When players reach the cones at the end they will have to pass to the co...

    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 ...

    It's All Rip and Roll To Me!

    You may consider these two points when looking to challenge or build confidence.

    • Keep your player briefing, brief! It's best not to ha...

    Jack Knife

    • The aim of the drill is to develop positive work after the tackle when held or stuck.

    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 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...

    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 ...

    Kicking accuracy and catching

    5 players working with 1 ball in a grid 20 by 20 meters, working on their grubber kicks and punts.

    One player stands on each corner of the ...

    Kicking switch

    3 grids: 10x30

    Number of players: (up to 14)

    Number of balls: start with 2 (add balls depending on age and ability of players).

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    L With Defenders

    • Keep your player briefing, brief! It's important to get your players working as quickly as possible.
    • Lets get the ball and the player...

    Last 15 Defence Drill

    A drill to practice defending in wide channels.

    Set up a grid that is 40m wide and 20m long, with the 40m divided into a 25m channel (red to ...

    Lateral - Switch

    • Using cones, mark out a training area 15 meters x 10 meters.
    • Split your players into groups of 2.
    • Allocate 4 groups of 2 to...

    Lateral - Switch

    Tell your players the following.....

    1. Players in pairs with a ball between them.
    2. The player on the left starts with the ball a...

    Line Out Only Restart

  • Groups of ten
  • One ball per group
  • Always start with a line out i.e. Trower two catchers and four backs.
  • Line Speed

    Tell the players the following....

    1. Players will advance as a line, and as one hit the pads.
    2. The pads can also advance as a li...

    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...

    Listen to the call - 2 vs 1

    4 Cones and 1 Ball inside a 10m x 10m Grid.

    Number the players.

    The coach shouts out a number and that player is the defender, who ha...

    Live Contact

    • The aim of the drill is to develop attacking ability 1v1, with a supporting attacker to seal the ball after the tackle is complete.

    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, 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 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...

    M1, Inside Pass/Pop, Back

    Keep your player briefing, brief! It's important to get your players working as quickly as possible.

    • Lets get the ball and the players...

    Man to Man

    3 attackers and 2 defenders.

    The scrum half passes to the first receiver of group of 3 attackers.

    The 3 attacking players must then p...

    Maul Rip in a circle

    This is good for upper body strength.

  • 5 or 6 defenders, 1 ball, 2 attackers
  • Defenders must stand in a circle about 2 metres a...

    Maul Rip in a circle

    This is good for upper body strength.

  • 5 or 6 defenders, 1 ball, 2 attackers
  • Defenders must stand in a circle about 2 metres a...

    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...

    Mid-Space attack

    There are 4 cones in a rectangle , 2 red and 2 blue. The 2 defenders stand within the square, and on the coach's call, they must go and touch the c...

    Mini Ruck

  • Groups of five
  • Three attackers try and score against one defender
  • If touched must ruck
  • Mini-Goal Game

    Game to practice controlling the ball.

    Set up two goals (roughly 2m wide) opposite each other about 5m away (red cones - see digram).

    E...

    Miss 2 and Overlap

    Working on basic hands this play sees your line passing the ball, missing out 11 and passing to 15 as they join to support the line.

    So pass...

    Miss 2 and Overlap

    Working on basic hands this play sees your line passing the ball, missing out 11 and passing to 15 as they join to support the line.

    So pass...

    Miss Me Baby, One More Time!

    1. We will begin with laterial passing down the line, just to get going.
    2. On your call we will start to miss the player in the middle, a...

    Miss Pass (M1)

    Keep your player briefing, brief! It's important to get your players working as quickly as possible.

    • Lets get the ball and the players...

    Move it wide

  • Groups of 5
  • The pitch is divided into 2 halves
  • Both defenders must start at one corner of the pitch. The attackers must have at le...

    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...

    Number Cruncher

    • Keep your player briefing, brief! If necessary you might considering having one group quickly demonstrate the exercise to the other players.<...

    Numbered Mismatch

    Tell your players the following....

    1. They each have a number, 1, 2, and 3.
    2. They will jog up and down the grid, until the coach...

    Off-Loading Box

    Tell your players the following......

    1. The defender must make a tackle.
    2. The primary ball carrier must take the ball into conta...

    Offload central

    Set Up

    Small 10 x 10m grid - 1/3rd of group on knees - 1/3rd with ball - 1/3rd supporting

    Players move around grid - take tackle and...

    Offloading Behind the Defender

    • The ball carrier runs towards the defender and attracts the tackle.
    • After contact, the player turns to offload to their teammate makin...

    Offloading Drill

    • Groups of 10+
    • Ball
    • Bibs.

    In 5m Channel have 4 defenders stood one behind eachother 5m apart.

    Have ...

    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 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 ...

    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 ...

    One Touch Ruck

    • 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.
    • ...

    One v One

    • Coach calls out a number/colour and that pair of players reacts, have the players decide who is the defender and who is the attack - this sho...

    One v One

    • Coach calls out a number/colour and that pair of players reacts, have the players decide who is the defender and who is the attack - this sho...

    One v One

    • Coach calls out a number/colour and that pair of players reacts, have the players decide who is the defender and who is the attack - this sho...

    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...

    Organisation

  • Groups of three
  • 1 ball per group
  • Defender can choose any line as a start point.
  • On the word GO, 2 attackers attempt to sco...

  • 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 ...

    Pass Invaders

    • Tell your players the following.....
    • In groups of 2 they will attack, passing the ball before they reach each unique cone, so when t...

    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 Grid

    • Set up a grid of about 10 x 10
    • Aim to have 12 attackers and 2 defenders
    • 3 attackers spread out on each side of the square. One...

    Passing Grid

    • Set up a grid of about 10 x 10
    • Aim to have 12 attackers and 2 defenders
    • 3 attackers spread out on each side of the square. One...

    Passing Grid

    • Set up a grid of about 10 x 10
    • Aim to have 12 attackers and 2 defenders
    • 3 attackers spread out on each side of the square. One...

    Passing Grid Progressions

    • Start out with a grid of 10 x 10
    • Passing progressions are based upon the ability of players to fix defenders - ensure the exerci...

    Passing Grid Progressions

    • Start out with a grid of 10 x 10
    • Passing progressions are based upon the ability of players to fix defenders - ensure the exerci...

    Passing in Contact

    • Keep your player briefing, brief!
    • Tell you players the following......
    1. Players will attack in groups of 2, so we...

    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.

    Passing Under Pressure

    • Set out a square grid, at one end of the grid, separate four cones evenly - red, blue, blue, red.
    • One defender stands on each of these...

    Passing under pressure

    4 players line up next to each other about 5 meters apart. A defender with a shield is standing 10 meters from the 1st man (ball carrier).

    Th...

    Path Of Least Resistance

    In this example we will play one touch offload, but remember you can change the version of touch to suit your training goals, applying the same mis...

    Piggy in the middle and defend

    4 players stand on the corners of a 5x5m grid, and one player in the middle (the piggy).

    They play piggy in the middle until the whistle goe...

    Piggy in the middle and defend

    4 players stand on the corners of a 5x5m grid, and one player in the middle (the piggy).

    They play piggy in the middle until the whistle goe...

    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. ...

    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 In A Circle

    A circle must be set up for player/coach to walk around. The players must be in pairs with one been the attacker and the other the defender. Both p...

    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...

    Pressure Ball

    Make sure your warm-up area is marked out before the players arrive.

    • Depending on the number of players you have at training, mark out...

    Pressure Cooker

    1. 4 players stand on the middle cones in the grid, avoiding the corner cones. The 2 players at the top and the bottom of the grid will have a b...

    Pressure the Pass

    • Groups of 10+
    • Balls
    • Bags

    2 sets of 3 defender stand oppposite 4 attackers lined up.

    The at...

    Progression in ruck


    In groups of four, the ball carrier runs out, turns and passes the ball to the second player. The first player then becomes a defender. Player 2...

    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 From Slow Ball

    • Bags
    • Balls

    2 attackers line up opposite 2 defenders with bosh bags.

    The coach delivers a ball into the a...

    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...

    Quick Hands - Warm Up

    • Within a group there are two groups of 4 attackers and one chaser/scrum half.
    • At the middle point, marked by a cones, the scrum half...

    Quick Hands - Warm Up

    • Within a group there are two groups of 4 attackers and one chaser/scrum half.
    • At the middle point, marked by a cones, the scrum half...

    Quick Hands

    • Tell your players the following.....
    • The first player runs out with the ball to the first set of cones and passes the ball to the se...

    Quick Passing To Space

    Give each training area one ball and tell the players the following......

    1. One of the attacking lines takes the ball.
    2. They sim...

    Quick Passing To Space

    Give each training area one ball and tell the players the following......

    1. One of the attacking lines takes the ball.
    2. They sim...

    Race to cone - 3 v 2

  • One ball and 6 cones.
  • 15m x 15m.
  • Setup the practice as shown. The first two players run up to the half way line of the grid and ...

    Ram Raid

    This game is designed to teach the players to work together to drive a maul forward and keep control of the ball.

    • Set Up a field appro...

    React and Defend

    Drill to test defenders reactions to situations.

    Set up a 15m x 15m grid with 3 defenders (blue) and 4 attackers (red).

    All start on th...

    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 ...

    React to space and attack

    5 players start on a straight line of cones about 5m apart. 10m away there are 5 more cones. Two of the 5 cones are blue, and two are red, and the ...

    React, run and defend

    Defenders and attackers line up outside the coned area in lines of five.

    The coach will call out two numbers, the first refers to how many a...

    Reaction Tackle

    • Groups of 6+ players.
    • 3 tackle shields per group.
    • 1 Tackle Sausage per group.
    • 3 people with...

    Realignment and Passing

    Out in 4s - simple hands - When players reach the end they should turn left.

    Group realigns around the cone and then use simple hands to fin...

    Releasing the overlap

    The scrum half starts with the ball. They pass to the first red player who then passes to the second red player who then passes to red player thr...

    Reload Rucking

    Set up two defenders holding hit shields opposite two even lines of players.

    The ball starts with the first man in one of the lines, he runs ...

    Reloading and passing practice

    Have 8-10 players standing in a line with a scrum half at the end a few metres in front.

    Scrum half passes the ball to a player. Passing down...

    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...

    Ruck - Coming through the gate 1.

    4 blue players must try and defend with shields two gates from the attacking red team.

    The ball carrying player must meet the defending play...

    Ruck Clearing Exercises

    • Progressive exercises to improve clearing out at the ruck
    • Lay a tackle tube on the floor with another tube on top, angled into the air...

    Ruck n Roller

    Tell the players the following......

    1. The first group of 3 go first.
    2. The first player, the ball carrier, hits in on the pad an...

    Ruck Turnover Body Position

    • The coach pops the ball off to the attacker. The first defender tackles the player to the floor quickly.
    • The second defender arrives a...

    Ruck, Ruck, and Ruck Again

    Tell your players the following.....

    1. Both the pad and attacking units will jog within the grid, the players in the attacking units don...

    Rucking Rectangle

    Set up a rectangle (roughly 5m x 2m) with three attackers (blue) and three defenders (red) on opposite sides.

    The attacker in the middle has ...

    Rucking

    Groups of 4 and two groups of defenders with contact pads. 1 ball per group.

    1. The ball carrier drives into the contact pads and presen...

    Rucking Square

    Set up a square (roughly 2m x 2m) with 4 different colour cones.

    1 player starts on the floor with the ball with another player lying on top ...

    Rucking with 4 corners

    • Excellent way to involve large numbers and fitness.
    • Develops understanding of working hard when on the floor, communication a...

    Rugby Gaelic Football

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

    1. One team will be attacking, the ball carrying team. The other will be a defending team.

    Rugby Netball

    Drill to practice skills and creating space.

    Set up a pitch (roughly 25m x 20m depending on age and number of players) with two scoring zones...

    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...

    Rugby Pinball

    This game is designed to teach the players about body height in tackling and ruck clean out.

    Set up a field about 15m long by 10m wide. Keep...

    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...

    Scarecrow Tag


  • Groups of 5

  • Grids 5 m x 5 m

  • All players wear Tags

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

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Scrum Half's Drill

    Player, with the ball, should make a fake pass.

    After the dummy pass their objective should be to change pace and direction as quickly as pos...

    Seal

    • The aim of the drill is to develop good techniques to protect the ball and stay in a strong position.

    Seated start - 6 vs 4

    Groups of ten with one ball per group

    Defenders start bunched sat on the floor

    Start attackers spread out (width)

    On the word ...

    Second man ruck clear out

    • Repetitive drill aimed at improving the clear out of a defender at the ruck
    • Players are split into groups of three, two attackers and ...

    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.

    Shadowing - Follow the signs

    The group is split in half.

    The coach is positioned behind the defenders and instructs the movement of the attackers, who are holding tackle...

    Side step practice

    • Simple game for players to work on their ability to side step and beat opponents 1 v 1.
    • The defender starts with the ball on one coned...

    Side-stepping the opponent

    Players line up and approach the pole and evade to a side.

    Using shorter strides when they get close, they step to one side with the POWER...

    Simple Drift Defence

  • 3 attacks - 2 defenders
  • Scrum half passes to first receiver of group of 3
  • 3 attack 2 passing ball down line
  • Simple Handling

    3 vs 1 vs 1

    Ball Carrier passes the ball into the post player and runs across the front of him and receives the ball back.

    His 2 su...

    Simple Passing Exercise

    • Tell your players the follow.....
    1. The first two players at each coach will advance, attacking the cone to their left, in ...

    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...

    Smash or roll

    1. Crocodile roll

    • Crocodile roll is one technique to repmove threats from a breakdown.
    • Most useful f...

    Smash through and Pass!

    Set Up

    3 sets of 2 defenders each with 2 tackle bags placed 10m apart down 15m x 30m channel - 3 attackers

    Attacker with ball in cen...

    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 Maul - Hands on!

    Set up lines of defenders with pads aligned laterally across your working area. You can either have 1 line so the attacking players work once and...

    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...

    Split with Trailer

    • Tell your players the following......
    1. Player A passes to D and cuts - not getting ball back , but holding up - B cuts and...

    Staying Square and Fixing Defenders

    • Exercise aimed at attackers staying square when running towards a defender in order to fix them to the spot and then spin a pass out to the si...

    Step Up

    • The attacker goes when ready, and must round either the top or bottom cone.
    • The defender must mirror the movements of the attacker o...

    Straight running and passing

    3 players line up in a straight line, approximately 10m apart, each standing opposite an agility pole.

    1. The ball is passed by a scrumha...

    Structure Defence

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

    Support Gauntlet

    Drill to practice decision making.

    Set up a grid 10m wide and 35m long with cones at the start (yellow), 5m (orange), 15m (blue), 30m (red) a...

    Swerve

    Setup as shown in diagram

  • Groups of 2 in a 10m x 10m grid.
  • 1 ball per group.
  • Switch Drill

    Drill to practice inside running lines (switches) in attack.

    Set up a 10m x 10m square (green cones) with two attackers (blue) on one side of...

    Switch Over Attack

    Drill to practice attacking organisational skills

    Set up a grid roughly 20m wide and 20m long, with different coloured cones at one end and 5...

    Tackle and ruck clearing

    Players work in groups of four against two defenders (holding tackle bags) who are stood inside the channel.

    The attackers run around the fu...

    Tackle Box

    • The exercise is simple, the attacker has 2 minutes to score as many tries as they can.
    • They do this by attacking the space between 2...

    Tackle Challenge

    • The exercise stand clockwise, with the first player going from the bottom left cone. The defender must tackle that player to the ground.
    • ...

    Tackle practice

  • Teams of 3 one team with ball.
  • Start with both teams on their own goal line.
    Team with ball attempts to score
    Defending team allowed...

    Tackle Progression 1v1

    1. Tracking

    Create a V shaoped conned area.

    Defender at one end, attacker at the other end.

    At...

    Tackle Technique 5/5- Grip

    • Groups 2
    • ball

    More use of thre hands

    After the Arms have wrapped around the attacker.

    Grab onto shorts, shirt ...

    Tackle Touch Game

    • 2 Teams
    • Ball
    • Bibs

    Tackle touch is a contact game that focuses on technique rather than the power...

    Tackle Touch Game

    • 2 Teams
    • Ball
    • Bibs

    Tackle touch is a contact game that focuses on technique rather than the power...

    Tackle Tube Clear Out

    • Each station has two tackle tubes perpendicular to each other in a T shape.
    • The tackler tackles the bottom of the T, while there is a ...

    Tackle, Bounce, Compete

    • Sausage
    • Cones

    After you have completed the bounce motion, you can bounce and fire.

    Fire - is by any mean...

    Tackle, Bounce, Compete

    • Sausage
    • Cones

    After you have completed the bounce motion, you can bounce and fire.

    Fire - is by any mean...

    Tackle, Bounce, Compete

    • Sausage
    • Cones

    After you have completed the bounce motion, you can bounce and fire.

    Fire - is by any mean...

    Tackle, Bounce, Compete

    • Sausage
    • Cones

    After you have completed the bounce motion, you can bounce and fire.

    Fire - is by any mean...

    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 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...

    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.

    Technical work at the breakdown

    Players start face down, on the coach's whistle players get to their feet to contest the contact area.

    Red player 1 and the blue player shou...

    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...

    The Saddle Roll Technique

    • This clearing technique is used to remove defenders who have latched onto the ball and are in a low body position.
    • One player is bridg...

    The Trinity

    • The exercise starts with the first attacking unit running around the bottom of the grid, as they do the first defending unit run around the t...

    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 Ruck Game

  • Groups of 10
  • 5 v 5 match, after each touch the touch player must simulate a ruck by hitting the floor.
  • Allow 1 player to clear def...

  • Track and Tackle 1v1

    In a grid an attacker is positioned on one end and a defender at the other end.

    Defender passes to the attacker who attempts to score a...

    Track

    • One of the players in a group of 4 should be an attacker, and should take the pad.
    • The other 3 players will be defenders.
    • T...

    Tracking hit

    Tracking hit (2 x 10 minutes in split groups)

    Set up

    3 different colour cones on the gain line. 2m spacing (set up 3-4 are...

    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. ...

    VISION

    • The two players in the middle of the circle will be defenders, it is their job to try and intercept the ball that is being passed, or to bloc...

    Walking tackle

    The player with the ball walks slowly in front of the other player.

    As the ball carrier is walking the defender should time their move so th...

    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...

    Waterfall Attack

    The drill starts with 2 attackers in blue, standing behind one another, 5m from the 1st defender/attacker in red.

    1. The blue players att...

    Wave After Wave

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

    Wave After Wave

    • The front line of players run towards the other side of the grid while passing the ball down the line. When the last player in the line recei...

    Wide Attack

    • Start with the left most attacking unit taking on the 2 defenders in front of them. When they get past, they pass the ball to the link, who t...

    Wrestle the ball

  • In pairs, in a 5 x 5 m grid
  • Pupils roll the ball to their partner who gathers it up. The first pupil runs and tries to take the ball from...

    Zoom - Cruse - Zoom

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

    Sessions

    Coaching the Blitz Defence

    Develop the aggressive Blitz defending style in you game and don’t let the opposition get comfortable on the ball with this session.

    Coaching the Drift Defence

    Get your players thinking their way through this session, focussing on Drift Defence when the opposition have an overlap on the outside.

    Proactive Attack!

    Improve your players decision making and passing ability and timing and attack proactively with pace and decisiveness to cut through defences at will.

    Using the Overlap

    Make sure your players support their team-mates with this session, by using the overlap in attack

    Improving Rucking Technique

    React the quicker and get on the front foot in attack with this session, by improving their rucking technique!

    The Zones Game

    Use this fantastic drill in your next coaching session today and get ready to work your players hard

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