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...

Off Loads Drills

An off load is when a tackled player passes the ball to a teammate before the tackle is completed. Use the 2v1 and tackle bag off load drills and vide...

Scrum Drills

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

Tackling Drills

All players need to be able to tackle. Tackling is how a player physically stops an opponent from moving forward with the ball. It's a vital aspect of...

Drills

Forward Sprints / Backward Sprints.

category: Agility-Running-Skills

Rugby Forward sprints / Backward sprints. Agility & Running Skills Set-up drill area as shown. Players line up at the start. All players run forward ...

5 Vs 5 Touch Rugby

category: Match-Related

Rugby 5 vs 5 Touch Rugby Match Related Touch Rugby in teams of 5 3 Touches and change possession. When a player with the ball is touched, tackler sta...

L-Shaped Passing

category: Passing

Rugby L-Shaped Passing Passing Lets get the ball and the players moving with ... ends of the L. Tell players to move forward, passing the ball down t...

7'S Fitness Handling

category: Sevens

Rugby 7's Fitness Handling Sevens Tell them the following...... The ball carrier will run forward with the ball, their partner will go with them in s...

Hit The Colours

category: Warm-Up

Rugby Hit The Colours Warm Up Players start at the top of the triangle. Coach ... Player should remain facing forward at all times, back tracking whe...

Tracking Hit

category: Tackling

Rugby Tracking hit Tackling 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 ar...

Passing Accuracy

category: Passing

Rugby Passing Accuracy Passing Passing in partners. Players stand opposite each other about 3-4m away. One player will take 1-2 steps forward, then p...

1 On 1 Scrum (On Knees)

category: Contact-Skills

Players down on 'all 4s'.

Position heads to the left slightly, binding in underneath the shoulders in the chest area.

Keeping hands o...

1 On 1 Scrum (On Knees)

category: Scrum

Players down on 'all 4s'.

Position heads to the left slightly, binding in underneath the shoulders in the chest area.

Keeping hands o...

2 V 1 Drawing The Defender

category: Decision-making

  • 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

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 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 Gauntlet

category: Decision-making

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 ...

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 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 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...

3 V 2 Reverse Drill

category: Passing

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...

5 V 5 Tag Rugby

category: Practices-for-Juniors

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

category: Tag-Rugby

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

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

Attacking play...

7 V 3

category: Decision-making

  • Groups of ten
  • One ball per group
  • Defenders equidistant, can only move forwards and backwards
  • Attackers bunched to start
  • A Cheeky Little Number

    category: Passing

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

    1. Let's just get the ball moving down the line. Give the playe...

    A Cheeky Little Number

    category: Sevens

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

    1. Let's just get the ball moving down the line. Give the playe...

    Agility And Balance Race

    category: Agility-Running-Skills

    Set out a course of cones in pairs, with two pairs of cones at the front and back of the course - two cones go in the middle of the front and back ...

    Agility Slalom

    category: Agility-Running-Skills

    The first player runs around the red cone and back down to the start of the slalom. There the player zig-zags up the slalom, then back down before ...

    Agility Test 2.

    category: Agility-Running-Skills

  • From the start position, run forwards out of the 1st set of cones, then side-step to the left to go around the far left cone.
  • From the far ...

  • Agility Test 2.

    category: Agility-Running-Skills

    1. From the start position, run forwards out of the 1st set of cones, then side-step to the left to go around the far left cone.
    2. From t...

    Alignment - Running As A Group

    category: Agility-Running-Skills

    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...

    Alpha

    category: Backs-Moves

    1. 10 is the ball carrier, advancing forward, before cutting in as shown in the diagram.
    2. Both 12 and 13 advance, then change direction ...

    Alpha

    category: yBacks-Moves

    1. 10 is the ball carrier, advancing forward, before cutting in as shown in the diagram.
    2. Both 12 and 13 advance, then change direction ...

    Attack Until Youre Tackled

    category: Off-Loads

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

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

    Attacking Footwork And Tackling

    category: School

    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

    category: Kicking

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

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

    Avoid The Tackler In A Line

    category: Practices-for-Juniors

    5 players and 1 ball.

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

    Back Roll

    category: Warm-Up

    Player sit on the ground, bring their knees towards their chest and put their arms around their legs.

    Once in this position they should rock...

    Back Row Drill

    category: Agility-Running-Skills

    The player either starts lying on their front or must perform 10 squat thrusts as fast as possible before then jogging forwards towards the coach.<...

    Backs Move - Rangi

    category: Backs-Moves

    1. Use the diagram to highlight suggested starting positions.
    2. 10 is the ball carrier, advancing forward, before cutting in as shown in th...

    Beating The Ball And Rucking

    category: School

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

    Broken Defence

    category: Sevens

    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 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, ...

    Building The Switch Pass

    category: Passing

    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...

    Chain Reaction

    category: Tag-Rugby

  • Divide the 20m x 20m grid in half. 1 Ball per group
  • Players 1 starts standing with the ball. Player 2 starts on one knee. Player 3 starts o...

    Channels

    category: Agility-Running-Skills

    1) Run down channels 1/2 / 3/4 pace.
    2) No forward passes.
    3) Use 6 balls / 6 runners at the same time.


    Variation
    1) Speed...

    Closed Leg Pass

    category: Passing

    The aim of the exercise is to develop 1 Step Closed leg pass to encourage the attacker to keep square.

    Connaught

    category: Backs-Moves

    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

    category: yBacks-Moves

    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...

    Contact Pop Pass Contact

    category: Contact-Skills

    • Ball carrier goes forward, hitting in on the shield, turning to pop the call to a support player who passes the ball across the grid into the...

    Contact Pop Pass Contact

    category: Warm-Up

    • Ball carrier goes forward, hitting in on the shield, turning to pop the call to a support player who passes the ball across the grid into the...

    Contest Line Outs

    category: Lineout

    One player throws the ball in to 5 players standing side by side. One player to stand in the scrum half position so as to be ready to receive a pas...

    Continuous Attacking

    category: Agility-Running-Skills

  • 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 Passing Off The Floor 2

    category: Passing

    Set up a rectangle of cones (10x5) with two gates of cones of a different colour 2m in front of cones on opposite sides of the rectangle (See diagr...

    Core Work - Swiss Ball

    category: Lineout

    • The aim of the exercise is to develop core activation buy pulling your core in, this will flatten your back off, at the same time fire your...

    Crossover Relay

    category: Passing

    Keep your player briefing short. You may consider having a demonstration group.

    • Give two players opposite each other, one ball each.

    Decision Making

    category: Sevens

    Tell the players the following.....

    1. The players at the bottom of the triangle will pass the ball back and forward.
    2. The passer...

    Defender - Round And Realign

    category: Passing

    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...

    Defense Into Rucking

    category: School

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

    Defense Vs Attack Drill

    category: School

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

    Denfence Down

    category: Warm-Up

    • 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

    category: Decision-making

    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

    category: Sevens

    Tell your players the following.....

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

    Drop Off

    category: Passing

  • 4 cones with 2 balls.
  • Players start running at the same time and when the meet in the middle, the blue players give a drop off pass to the ...

    Enter 1

    category: Backs-Moves

    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

    category: Backs-Moves

    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

    category: Backs-Moves

    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

    category: Backs-Moves

    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

    category: Warm-Up

    • 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 Race

    category: Agility-Running-Skills

    Divide your players into two groups and set up two lines of cones about 3m apart.

    Each cone should be 1.5m apart in a straight line.

    Fan Out And Pass

    category: Passing

    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

    category: Passing

    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

    category: Sevens

    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 Footwork

    category: Agility-Running-Skills

  • Setup as shown.
  • 2 groups with one ball per group.
  • The first players in each group sprint to the second blue cone then quickly back ...

    Fast Up

    category: Sevens

    Tell your players the following.....

    1. One player will be the bag man, they will put the bags that have been hit back up again.

    Flick And Back Pass Insanity

    category: Passing

    Now split your players into two teams, giving one group of players a set of colored bibs to set them apart, and quickly tell your playe...

    Flip It

    category: Warm-Up

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

    Front On Pendulum Passing

    category: Passing

    2 players face one another and stand about 5m apart. The ball is cupped in one hand (not gripped).

    The player with the ball swings the ball ...

    Game - 6 Vs 4

    category: Tag-Rugby

  • 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

    category: Match-Related

    • 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

    category: Sevens

    • 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...

    Heads up Passing

    Tell the players the following:

      • Lets just get the ball moving down the line. Give the player at the start of one of the lines a b...

    Hit and Drive Ruck Clearout

    • A drill to be completed in pairs.
    • One player holding a tackle bag stands in a low, strong position with knees bent.
    • The player...

    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 Colours

    • Players start at the top of the triangle.
    • Coach calls colours, 2/3 at a time.
    • Player moves to the called cone, and returns ...

    Individual work on feet.

  • Player to position their self square to the scrum machine.
  • Keeping the back flat, with shoulders slightly above the hips, with chin off che...

  • 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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    L-Shaped Passing

    Lets get the ball and the players moving with lateral passing through the hands. Each training area only needs one ball, and that ball should start...

    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. ...

    Lifting Pods

    • The aim of the exercise is to develop unit work, communication and good Technique for receiving Kick offs.

    Lineout Progressions With Bag

    1.

    • Two players stand either side of a tackle tube (tackle tube on the floor 'stood up').
    • The coach shouts go and the two players...

    Lineout Throw - Heavy Ball

    • The aim of the exercise is to develop core activation buy pulling your core in and at the same time fire your glutes forward and squeeze th...

    Lineout: lift

    Learning to lift and work as a a pod of three is the foundation of an effective line out.


    Players must also learn to lift whilst moving...

    Lineout: throw

    Players will need to ensure their throw is accurate and timed right to ensure success.

    Lineout: throw

    Players will need to ensure their throw is accurate and timed right to ensure success.

    Loop (L1,L2,L3)

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

    LOOP MOVE - M1

    1. See the diagram for suggested starting positions.
    2. 10 passes to 12.
    3. 12 moves forward.
    4. 10 loops around behind 12.

    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 (LOOPER) Attacking Wide

    1. See the diagram for suggested starting positions.
    2. 10 moves forward carrying the ball.
    3. 12 loops around 13, and wide outside ...

    M1 (POP INSIDE 15)

    1. See the diagram for starting positions.
    2. 10 moves forward carrying the ball.
    3. 12 moves forward, over-running the ball, cuttin...

    M1 (POP OUSIDE 15)

    1. See the diagram for starting positions.
    2. 10 moves forward carrying the ball.
    3. 12 moves forward, over-running the ball, cuttin...

    M1 12 OVER

    1. See the diagram for suggested starting positions.
    2. 10 carries the ball forward.
    3. 12 run forward, then an over.
    4. 13 ru...

    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 Simple

    1. See the diagram for the starting positions.
    2. 10 passes to 13.
    3. 13 comes forward either straight, or cutting in to close the s...

    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 Touch

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

    MAX 1

    1. See the diagram for the suggested starting positions.
    2. 10 moves forward carrying the ball.
    3. 12 moves forward, cuts in.
    4. <...

    MAX 2

    1. See the diagram for the suggested starting positions.
    2. 10 moves forward carrying the ball.
    3. 11 provides a decoy run.

    MAX 3

    1. See the diagram for the suggested starting positions.
    2. 10 moves forward carrying the ball.
    3. 11 could provide a decoy run.

    MAX 4

    1. See the diagram for the suggested starting positions.
    2. 10 moves forward carrying the ball.
    3. 12 and 13 switch.
    4. 13 tak...

    Mini Game - Skills Game

    In this game players try to keep possession and carry the ball over their opponent's line to score a try.

    Mini Game - Skills Game

    In this game players try to keep possession and carry the ball over their opponent's line to score a try.

    Mini Maul Technique

  • Groups of 8 split into four groups of 2
  • Players pass and, chase the space, until coach shouts - Maul, at which time the second player join...

  • 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...

    Modified Game - 12 vs 12

    Pupils are put into teams of 12 (with larger groups reserves maybe used). Play a full game incorporating :-

    6 vs 6 Scrums.
    6 vs 6 line...

    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...

    Offloads

  • One group starts with the ball.
  • Player with the ball forwards towards the player with the pad.
  • The player hits pad with their right shoulder...

  • 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...

    Pass and Control

    • 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 and run

    Tell the players the following....

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

    Pass and run

    Tell the players the following....

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

    Pass and Support

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

    1. Lets just get the ball moving down the line. Give the player...

    Pass and Support

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

    1. Lets just get the ball moving down the line. Give the player...

    Pass Left and Right From Ground

    Great for scrum halves to practice placement of foot and following through with hands.

    2 balls, 3 support players, 1 passer

    Ted on th...

    Pass to Hip Right and Left Side

    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...

    Pass within a channel

    Tell the players the following.....

    1. This is simple, just attack from the bottom and top of the grid at pace.
    2. There can be two...

    Passing Behind

    In partners get your players to move round each other, passing with 1 hand round the "back of their hand".

    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 in Contact

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

    Passing in Traffic

    • Tell the players the following......
    1. Runners move forward towards the cone opposite to their location.
    2. ...

    Passing Underhand Sideways

    "Out the back door" passing with a spin element

    Pairs work on one handed passing underneath the arm. Players stand opposite each ot...

    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...

    Pop and Pass

    • Tell the players the following....
    1. The player on the cone passes the ball forward to the player just in front of th...

    Pre-Contact Circuit

    • Brief your players, but keep it brief!
    • In each grid there will not be two channels. In each of the two channels there are two player...

    Pre-Contact Circuit

    • Brief your players, but keep it brief!
    • In each grid there will not be two channels. In each of the two channels there are two player...

    Press Up Position

    Tell the players the following......

    1. They should advance in 2's.
    2. Hit in on the bag with their shoulder, driving forward and p...

    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...

    PRO 2

    1. 10 moves forward carrying the ball.
    2. 12 moves forward and in.
    3. 11 loops around the back of 12.
    4. 10 passes to 12.
    5. ...

    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...

    Pull Back Passing

    Passing in groups of 4.

    Have two lines set up parallel about 3-5m apart: in this case Yellow and Orange.

    Have players stand on yellow (...

    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...

    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...

    RANGI (VERSION 1)

    1. Use the diagram to highlight suggested starting positions.
    2. 10 is the ball carrier, advancing forward, before cutting in as shown in ...

    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 ...

    Realign

    The first player moves forwards, makes contact with the tackle bag and retreats diagonally to the line of cones.

    The next player joins the l...

    Realignment and handling

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

    Relays

    1) Run out to line - score a try - run back.(1b) Same - but forward roll on way out!)
    2) Run out to line - score try - on way back pass ball...

    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...

    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...

    Right Angled Passing Drill

    Drill to practice passing.

    Set up a right angle (L-shape) with lines of 4 players on each side (see diagram)

    The ball starts at one of ...

    Rip and Ruck

  • Players stand in a circle, about 5 meters apart.
  • Two player, one with a ball, positioned in the centre of the circle.
  • The ball carrier (play...

  • 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. ...

    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 - PRESS UP - PART 2

    Tell the players the following......

    1. The first group of 3 go first.
    2. The first player hits in on the bag with their shoulder, ...

    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 Defence

    Coach controls defence with calls up and back between cones placed 1 - 2 metres apart.

    On the call of "LIVE" the defence stays on offside li...

    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 Organisation and press

    5-7 players run around in a rectangle shaped grid. They must move very fast within it awaiting the whistle, but they are not allowed to touch the...

    Ruck Organisation and press

    5-7 players run around in a rectangle shaped grid. They must move very fast within it awaiting the whistle, but they are not allowed to touch the...

    Rucking drill

    • Excellent way to develop the different rucking techniques.
    • Works concept of leg drive, body positions in contact, ball placem...

    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...

    Running Angles.

    Player A carries ball forward, B calls for (long or short) ball & negotiates obstacle,
    & then passes to C who passes to the next group.

    Running Warm Up

    Tell players the following....

    1. Each Player will work individually, unless told otherwise.
    2. Players can run in any direction: m...

    School

    • To make the players work harder poster high ability group, if they score, then they can attack the other way.
    • By having to tu...

    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.
    • ...

    Scrum 1v1 - Long arm push

    • 1v1 scrumage
    • both players get into a scrum postion.
    • However do not lock hea dand shoulders, ut arms out infront of you a...

    Scrum 1v1 - Long arm push

    • 1v1 scrumage
    • both players get into a scrum postion.
    • However do not lock hea dand shoulders, ut arms out infront of you a...

    Scrum 2v1

    • Groups of 3.

    - 1 player is active, 2 players are resisiting.

    - Active player gets into scrumage position between...

    Scrum 2v1

    • Groups of 3.

    - 1 player is active, 2 players are resisiting.

    - Active player gets into scrumage position between...

    Scrum core stability

    • Groups of 3.

    - 2 players get into the T.O.P positon next to eachother.

    - Another player on all 4 knees on thier ...

    Scrum core stability

    • Groups of 3.

    - 2 players get into the T.O.P positon next to eachother.

    - Another player on all 4 knees on thier ...

    Scrum Half - Shotgun Alley

    • Explain to thescrum halfs that they are to attempt to pass the ball at the attackers and attempt to hit them below the shoulders.
    • It...

    Scrum Half - Shotgun Alley

    • Explain to thescrum halfs that they are to attempt to pass the ball at the attackers and attempt to hit them below the shoulders.
    • It...

    Scrum: Bear Crawl & Leg Drive

    - The bear crawl is a movement that strengthens your core and adds stabillity to your spine.

    - 2 things that need to be very strong while sc...

    Scrum: Bear Crawl & Leg Drive

    - The bear crawl is a movement that strengthens your core and adds stabillity to your spine.

    - 2 things that need to be very strong while sc...

    Serious Fun

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

    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...

    SHORT - LONG

    • The first group of 4 starts at the top of the grid, moving forward. The ball should be with the outside player, who makes a short pass in to ...

    Short Passing

    • Give each training area one ball to start with and tell the players the following......
    1. Lets just get the ball moving dow...

    Shoulder rotations.

  • Slowly rotate the shoulders backwards.
  • Reverse and rotate the shoulders forwards.

  • Shoulder stretch.

  • Raise both arms up to shoulder height.
  • Keeping both arms straight, start with arm just forward of shoulders.
  • Bring both arms back be...

  • Side on Pendulum pass

    Here the player needs to have slightly bent knees, and ensure that he is leaning slightly forward with a straight back, giving him space to swing...

    Simple Drift Defence

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

    Set up a running slalom for your players to run through at the end of their training. It should be approximately 10 by 5m in size.

    1. Slalo...

    Slalom Running

    Set up a running slalom for your players to run through at the end of their training. It should be approximately 10 by 5m in size.

    1. Slalo...

    Smooth passing - Working in 4s

    Four players start to run across the grid passing the ball.

    On reaching the far side the wide player gives the ball to the player on the oth...

    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...

    Spin Passing

    • Give each training area one ball to start with and tell the players the following......
    1. Lets just get the ball moving dow...

    Star Wars

    • The rest of the players are told to stand at one end of the field (they are the Space Pirates). The space police want to try and blow up the ...

    Static Lineout Lift

    • The aim of the exercise is to develop unit work, communication and good Technique.

    Static tackling on knees

  • Basic tackling skills.
  • Tackle to start in a low position.
  • Tackler to position their head behind the player, squeeze their arms aroun...

  • Static tackling on knees.

  • Basic tackling skills.
  • Tackler to start in a low position.
  • Tackler to position their head behind the player, squeeze their arms ...

  • Static tackling on knees.

  • Basic tackling skills.
  • Tackler to start in a low position.
  • Tackler to position their head behind the player, squeeze their arms ...

  • Straight line drop

  • Two lines (1 line working, 1 line resting).
  • The first line moves up 10 meters (2 cones). Upon reaching that cone they drop to the floor and qui...

  • 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...

    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 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 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)...

    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...

    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 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 Fitness

    • The runner/tackler starts 10 meters back, runs forward and places the ball down just before the bag, and in the same motion hits the bag maki...

    Tackle Practice - 1v1

    Close down the space quickly, make yourself big.

    Keep moving forward with short steps, stay balanced, take contact, grip tight.

    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...

    Tackling 2

    Close down space quickly, make yourself big, keep moving forward with short steps, stay balanced, take contact, grip tight.

    Tackling on knees

    2 players and 1 ball.

    Player A kneels down with the ball in their hands.

    Player B kneels with one leg on the ground in the set positi...

    Tackling Star

    Drill to practice making multiple tackles in a period of time.

    Set up a circle of 6 cones with a padman opposite each cone (between 2m and 5m...

    Team Kicking (Chip kick)

  • 4 teams of 2 players, with 2 teams at each end. One player from the 1st team starts with the ball.
  • The player with the ball runs forward a...

    Team Kicking (Grubber kick)

    4 teams of 2 players, with 2 teams at each end.

    One player from the 1st team starts with the ball.

    The player with the ball runs forw...

    Team kicking (variations)

  • 4 teams of 2 players, with 2 teams at each end. One player from the 1st team starts with the ball.
  • The player with the ball runs forward a...

    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 Next Pass

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

    They Just Keep Coming

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

    They Just Keep Coming

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

    Throw On Knees

    • The aim of the exercise is to develop core activation buy pulling your core in and at the same time fire your glutes forward and squeeze th...

    Tight & Wide

    Tell the players the following:

    1. On your whistle the ball ...

    Tight & Wide

    Tell the players the following:

    1. On your whistle the ball ...

    Tight & Wide

    • Players start in attacking group of 3 on the 10 meter side of the grid. They pass the ball down the line at 10 meters,� attacking forward the...

    Tri-Attack

    • Tell your players the following......
    1. The first line of attackers move forward, passing the ball down the line.
    2. ...

    Union Jack

    Tell your players the following...

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

    Up and Down

    • Tell them the following......
    1. Each attack will be up and down, up the left and down the right side of the cones.

    Watch The Player

    Two players jog between three cones, set out at an equal distance, starting in the middle before jogging back and forth between the other two pairs...

    Wide Passing Lines

    • The two feeders should be 15 meters apart and will........
    1. Feed the left most attacking unit with a ball, they will move ...

    Zig Zag Passing Practice

    • 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

    Beast mode | *forward's edition*

    So I got a comment telling me that the Beast Mode's were very back dominated and I realised that I had to make a video on the real beasts of the rugby...

    Sessions

    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!

    Developing the Maul

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

    Attacking part 1

    It?s all about points scoring with this session. Encourage your players to continually offer support to develop fine techniques to attack with crisp p...

    Establishing Depth and Pace

    Use this plan to get your players attacking with depth and hitting the ball with pace to improve your side's running lines!

    Using the Overlap

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

    Answers

    Community Drills

    Draw Pass

    Set up 20m x 20m gridwith 3 joeys placed in a diagonal line across the grid.have 4 players line up on the bottom line. line the first 3 in front of th...

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    Forwards and Backs work to get into optimal space for kick clear to compete.

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    Have players run from cone to cone while facing foward. Players will run forward, backward, and cross over right and left.Start slow and have players ...

    Scoring tries at the end zone

    2 teamseach team has an ingoalthe aim of the game is score as many tires on the opponents ingoalThere is no defending involve so you are not allow to ...

    2vs 1

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

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    Maul game to start- touch maul. In groups of 5-6 max. play touch game whereby player taking it into contact must turn and SH must rip the ball away/ ...

    back n forth

    PlayerRuns with ball forward past 1st cone, backwards past 2nd cone, forward past 3rd cone, backwards past forth cone then forward to place ball insid...

    Ladder agility with ball

    1. Forward, fast feet. Catch the ball with speed, place it down, the other one picks it up and so on.2. Side both feet in. Cath the ball with speed, p...