Drill Categories

Catching Drills

Catching is how the player takes control of the ball with their hands from a pass, kick or lineout. The catching videos and drills below will boost yo...

Handling Drills

Handling in rugby covers how your player holds, catches and runs with the ball. Good ball carrying technique should include your player's fingers bein...

Drills

Grids

category: Handling

Rugby Grids Handling 1) Run out (2 steps) turn and pop ball to a support player. 2) Run out (2 steps) turn and let support player take it out of your...

Handling Skills

category: Ball-handling

Rugby League Handling Skills Ball handling In pairs, stand facing each other, 3m apart. Pass the ball at waist height. How many passes can you make i...

1 Vs 2

category: Handling

Rugby 1 vs 2 Handling The aim of the drill is to develop ball carrying in a contact zone.

3 V 2 V 2

category: Handling

Rugby 3 v 2 v 2 Handling Set up a channel with two sets of defenders working in pairs inside. Three attacking players start with the ball and run aro...

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...

3 V 2 Positioning

category: Decision-making

  • The aim of the drill is to develop handling in a short space.

3 V 2 Positioning

category: Decision-making

  • The aim of the drill is to develop handling in a short space.

3 Vs 2

category: School

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,...

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 ...

Ball Around The Hips.

category: Agility-Running-Skills

Simple movement of handling the ball around the hips.

Ball Around The Hips.

category: Agility-Running-Skills

  • Simple movement of handling the ball around the hips
  • Do 3 times clockwise and then revese and do 3 times anti-clockwise.

  • Ball Under Legs.

    category: Agility-Running-Skills

  • Handling the ball under each leg at a time.
  • Bring knees up to chest and handle the ball from one hand into the other under the leg.
  • ...

  • Drift, Cover Or Blitz Touch

    category: Match-Related

    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...

    Handling - The Well Weighted Pass

    category: Handling

    Players line up on the left hand side of each gate and they start in a line, 5m down from the first gate.

    • The player on the left start...

    Handling Around The Corner 2

    category: School

    • To vary the exercise, you can call out 1 and 2. This means that 2 players come from the ball carrier side and one from the other side.
    • ...

    Handling Channel 2

    category: School

    • To practice rucking, 1st man hits and presents, 2nd man clears and 3rd picks.
    • Body positions are key (low to high), players work ha...

    Handling Crossover

    category: Handling

    On GO, the ball carrier sprint across the grid with ball in two hands and pass to front player of opposite group.

    Handling In Channels 3

    category: School

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

    Handling In Channels

    category: School

    • Great the large numbers, variety of skills in small areas and can be advanced/simplified for all abilities.
    • Groups of 3, 3 ch...

    Handling Pivots 2

    category: School

    • When the coach shouts change, the other 2 players work.
    • Make sure both left and right hands are worked
    • You can...

    Handling Pivots

    category: School

    • Excellent way to improve speed of feet and hands.
    • Developed concept of hands up, follow-through and working hard to realign.<...

    Handling Skills Warm Up

    category: Passing

    • Groups of four, players stand in a T shape with about two yards between each player.
    • The player in the middle is the focal point and e...

    Handling Skills Warm Up

    category: Warm-Up

    • Groups of four, players stand in a T shape with about two yards between each player.
    • The player in the middle is the focal point and e...

    Handling Starter Skill Games

    category: Handling

    These drills are perfect for players to work on there handling skills before a session starts.

    The key is to challenge eachother and have fun...

    Hurdles And Ladder

    category: Agility-Running-Skills

    SAQ (Speed, Agility, Quickness) drill for warm ups, handling the ball and warming up muscles.

    4 or 5 small SAQ hurdles, 1 ladder

    Make...

    Jump Hurdle, Receive Pass, Sprint

    category: Agility-Running-Skills

    Good for warm ups and handling the ball under fatigue.

    4 or 5 hurdles, cones for variations.

    Keep body square on when receiving ball ...

    Jump Hurdle, Receive Pass, Sprint

    category: Passing

    Good for warm ups and handling the ball under fatigue.

    4 or 5 hurdles, cones for variations.

    Keep body square on when receiving ball ...

    Jump Hurdle, Receive Pass, Sprint

    category: Warm-Up

    Good for warm ups and handling the ball under fatigue.

    4 or 5 hurdles, cones for variations.

    Keep body square on when receiving ball ...

    Lineout: Lift+Balance

    category: Lineout

    • Groups of 3

    -Players take turn in lifiting eachother using the correct lineout technique.

    - Once in the air play...

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

    • Lets get the ball and the players...

    Organisation

    category: Decision-making

  • 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...

  • Pass And Control

    category: Passing

    • Keep you player briefing, brief. Get the players moving and training as soon as possible.
    • If you feel it would help, have one group ...

    Pass To Hip Right And Left Side

    category: Passing

    Good for warm ups and co-ordination, getting used to keeping your body straight on and handling the ball and practicing using your arms to pass the...

    Passing Left And Right From Feed

    category: Passing

    This is to practice handling and passing the ball to a direct target. It is good for awareness and communication between the three support players....

    Quick Passing To Space

    category: Passing

    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

    category: Sevens

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

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

    Realignment And Handling

    category: School

    • Excellent drill to get players working off the ball to create depth while not turning their backs.
    • Groups of 3 or 4.&nbs...

    Serious Fun

    category: Passing

    • Tell your players the following, keeping your player briefing, brief! It's vital to get the players moving as quickly as possible.
    ...

    Simple Passing Warm Up

    category: Passing

    • Passing and receiving exercise to warm the players up and get the handling skills ready for training.
    • Minimum 9 players.
    • Group...

    Supporting The Outside Shoulder

    category: School

    Players work in groups of 3 around the cone in a single file and must quickly realign to receive a pass each on the outside shoulder.

    Once a...

    Tackle Into 3V2 Handling

    category: Decision-making

    • 5 tackle bags
    • Ball

    • 3 bags are lined upon side of the grid, 2 bags the otherside.
    • <...

    Tackle Into 3V2 Handling

    category: Handling

    • 5 tackle bags
    • Ball

    • 3 bags are lined upon side of the grid, 2 bags the otherside.
    • <...

    Team - Stuck In The Mud

    category: Warm-Up

    • Groups of 10+
    • Balls
    • Bibs
    • Cones

    4 player with a 1 ball must run around trying to to...

    Touch Ruck Game

    category: Ruck

  • 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...

  • Zig Zag Passing Practice

    category: Passing

    • This exercise is designed to improve quick handling and passing off both hands.
    • Set out four cones in a zig zag shape, with at least t...

    Web Videos

    Rugby handling 2

    www.rugbydevelopment.com Simple warm up practices for developing handling skills.

    Sessions

    The Zones Game

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

    Position Specific Speed Training

    Get your team the fastest and most agile out there. As the season deepens, we all need to stay on top of our game; make sure every position is covered...

    Answers

    Community Drills

    Tag - Defensive Line

    Set up 20m x 20m grid,place 4 cones equally spaced across the grid 5m out from the base line and another 4 equally spaced across the try line.queue 4 ...

    2 MAN MIDDLE MAN

    SAME IDE AS MIDDLE MAN BUT WITH EXTRA PLAYER.COACHES/PLAYER CAN BECOME YELLOW DEFENSIVE PLAYER SO THE ATTACKER HAS TO FIX DEFENDERBASIC HANDLING ...

    Pass, Catch & Run - 30 mins

    Do a variety of basic passing and handling drills. El Paso, Triangle pass, Truck and Trailer.Progress to some 2 on 1s and then 3 on 2s as diagram show...