Drill Categories

Contact Skills Drills

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

Maul Drills

A maul is similar to a ruck but occurs when the ball is held up off the floor (in a player's hand). The maul drills, videos and mini games below will ...

Ruck Drills

A ruck occurs when the ball carrier is tackled and players from each side make contact over the ball which is on the ground (it differs from a maul wh...

Ruck Clear Out Drills

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

Sevens Drills

The Sevens drills below to sharpen your players' rugby skills such as quick hands, speed evasion and passing under pressure before moving on to develo...

Drills

Rucking

category: Ruck

Rugby Rucking Ruck Groups of 4 and two groups of defenders with contact pads. 1 ball per group. The ball carrier drives into the contact pads and pre...

One Touch Ruck

category: Warm-Up

Rugby One Touch Ruck 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 contac...

Ruck - Full

category: Ruck

Rugby Ruck - Full Ruck Take contact on own terms If no close support, go to ground and present the ball Protect head (especially younger players) Arr...

Rip And Ruck

category: Maul

Rugby Rip and Ruck Maul Players stand in a circle, about 5 meters apart. Two player, one with a ball, positioned in the centre of the circle. The bal...

Mini Ruck

category: Ruck

Rugby Mini Ruck Ruck Groups of five Three attackers try and score against one defender If touched must ruck clear out, introduction, ruck, running, s...

Reload Rucking

category: Ruck

Rugby Reload Rucking Ruck Set up two defenders holding hit shields opposite two even lines of players. The ball starts with the first man in one of t...

Ruck, Ruck, And Ruck Again

category: Sevens

Rugby Ruck, Ruck, and Ruck Again Sevens Tell your players the following..... Both the pad and attacking units will jog within the grid, the players i...

Ruck Over, Pickup

category: Ruck

Rugby Ruck Over, Pickup Ruck Ball carrier goes to ground and places ball Support player drives into defender but cannot drive him off ??RUCK FORMED?...

Ruck N Roller

category: Sevens

Rugby Ruck n Roller Sevens Tell the players the following...... The first group of 3 go first. The first player, the ball carrier, hits in on the pad...

Rapid Rucking

category: Ruck

Rugby Rapid Rucking Ruck In this exercise position 3 pad holding units, or 1 or 2 players, five meters in front of 3 rucking units, 1 unit facing eac...

1 On 1 Breakdown Skills

category: Ruck

  • Fun game 1 v 1 game to improve skills on both sides of the breakdown.
  • One player lies face down either side of a tackle tube (players ...

1St Man At The Ruck

category: Contact-Skills

  • Ball.
  • Groups of 3+
  • 2 attackers line up infront of a defender.
  • The 1st attackers takes the ball into con...

1St Man At The Ruck

category: Ruck

  • Ball.
  • Groups of 3+
  • 2 attackers line up infront of a defender.
  • The 1st attackers takes the ball into con...

1St Man At The Ruck

category: Ruck-Clear-Out

  • Ball.
  • Groups of 3+
  • 2 attackers line up infront of a defender.
  • The 1st attackers takes the ball into con...

1V1 Tackle Grid

category: Contact-Skills

  • 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

category: Tackling

  • 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...

2V2 Tackle And Clear Out

category: Ruck-Clear-Out

  • 2 on 2 tackling and clear out game.
  • Players line up in two lines, adjacent to the coned gameplay area.
  • The coach stands opposi...

2V2 Tackle And Clear Out

category: Tackling

  • 2 on 2 tackling and clear out game.
  • Players line up in two lines, adjacent to the coned gameplay area.
  • The coach stands opposi...

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

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

7'S Colour Touch

category: Sevens

Tell your players the following.....

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

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 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...

Beating The Ball And Rucking 2

category: School

  • If tackled and the offloaded on, get the support player to communicate
  • it. It is a contact drill but if you want to eliminate cont...

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...

Building The Ruck - One Step At A Time

category: Ruck

Have 3 or more pad holders, this depends on how many rucking units you wish to have and how many players you have at training - but work hard to ke...

Contact Zones

category: Ruck-Clear-Out

Set up:

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

Contact: Ruck Conditioning

category: Contact-Skills

  • Groups of 10+
  • Tackle bags
  • Cones

step 1 - players perform a down up - chest to the floor.

S...

Contact: Ruck Conditioning

category: Ruck

  • Groups of 10+
  • Tackle bags
  • Cones

step 1 - players perform a down up - chest to the floor.

S...

Contact: Ruck Conditioning

category: Ruck-Clear-Out

  • Groups of 10+
  • Tackle bags
  • Cones

step 1 - players perform a down up - chest to the floor.

S...

Contest The Tackle

category: Tackling

  • 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...

Contesting The Ruck

category: Ruck

  • This is a two person exercise, designed to improve ability at the ruck
  • Stand up a tackle tube
  • One player tackles the tube to t...

Continuous Passing Off The Floor 1

category: Passing

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...

Counter Ruck

category: Ruck

Condition the drill in favour of 1 team, in this case the blue team.

All players lay on their fronts behind the tackle bags. On the coaches...

Croc Roll

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

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

category: Defensive-Patterns

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

3 players start on the first grid, working from one end to the 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 2

category: School

  • To extend the drill, get the taxes to always back pedal and get them to have to go to the cone they weren't just that. This will aid communic...

Defense Into Rucking

category: School

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

Dislodge The Ball 2V1

category: Ruck-Clear-Out

Set Up

3 players, 1 ball

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

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 Up - Play

category: Sevens

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...

Flip It

category: Warm-Up

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

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...

Hit And Drive Ruck Clearout

category: Ruck-Clear-Out

  • 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 Roll Ruck Clear Out

category: Ruck-Clear-Out

  • A tackling exercise to be completed in pairs.
  • One player stands over a tackle tube, while holding a tackle bag themself against their ...

Hold Off - 1V1

category: Ruck-Clear-Out

Set Up

2 players, 1 ball

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

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Introduction To Ruck

category: 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 ...

Lateral - Switch

category: Passing

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...

Lateral - Switch

category: Passing

  • 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...

Living On The Edge

category: Warm-Up

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

Maul - Rip

category: Maul

If contact cannot be avoided take on own terms Turn and present the ball Support player rips ball out and presents First ball carrier changes binding ...

Maul Touch

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...

Piggy In The Middle And Defend

category: Ruck

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

category: Warm-Up

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...

Pod-Ruck

category: Ruck

On the shout of "GO" the scrum half passes to the player on the first cone, who attacks the 1st bag. Once the bag is attacked and cleared...

Progression In Ruck

category: 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...

Quick Removal - Beyond The Ruck

category: Ruck

Have a line of two or more ruck shields, a safe distance apart, five meters from the players that will make the hits. Make sure that the pad holder...

Quick Removal - Beyond The Ruck

category: Ruck-Clear-Out

Have a line of two or more ruck shields, a safe distance apart, five meters from the players that will make the hits. Make sure that the pad holder...

Ruck - Coming Through The Gate 1.

category: Ruck

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 - Press Up - Part 2

category: Sevens

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 - Pushing Them Back

category: Ruck-Clear-Out

Set Up:

  • 3 players
  • one in tackle suit
  • one with ball
  • one tackle bag

The player in the tackle...

Ruck 5

category: Ruck

Turn before contactControl movement to groundKeep two hands on the ballLook for close supportImmediate ??pop?? to close support player

Ruck Clear Out Between Two Tackle Bags

category: Ruck-Clear-Out

2 people are on the tackle shields or 2 on each side about 5 metres apart facing each other, there is a ball carrier standing in the middle of the ...

Ruck Clear Out Between Two Tackle Bags

category: Tackling

2 people are on the tackle shields or 2 on each side about 5 metres apart facing each other, there is a ball carrier standing in the middle of the ...

Ruck Clear Out

category: Ruck-Clear-Out

4 players (2 players in Tackle Suits, one ball carrier and one support player) and one ball.

Ball carrier attacks suited player and takes 'l...

Ruck clear-out work

  • tackle sausage

Place 2 sausages perpendicular from eachother in a T shape.

Have one player line up a couple mete...

Ruck clear-out work

  • tackle sausage

Place 2 sausages perpendicular from eachother in a T shape.

Have one player line up a couple mete...

Ruck clear-out work

  • tackle sausage

Place 2 sausages perpendicular from eachother in a T shape.

Have one player line up a couple mete...

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 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...

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 Zone

  • Bags
  • Min 12+
  • Ball

There is a working group of 4 in the middle of 8 differnt bag holders working in 2's...

Ruck, Setup, Steal

Player 1 runs out with ball but player 2 has stepped up to meet them halfway.

Player 1 drives into player 2 - goes two steps before then go...

Rucking drill

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

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 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 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...

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.
  • ...

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 ...

Smash or roll

1. Crocodile roll

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

Structure Defence

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

    3 players (one in tackle suit, one with ball) and one tackle bag.

    Player in tackle suit crouches or kneels next to tack...

    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 Conditioning

    • This is a simply set up game designed to test players' ability to continuously make tackles, especially when fatigued.
    • Each area shoul...

    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 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 ...

    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 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...

    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...

  • Truck and Trailer

  • Groups of two
  • one ball per group
  • First player attacks space, the second player supports
  • Play in any direction but pass bac...

  • Wave After Wave

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

    Web Videos

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    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!

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    Contact: Rucking technical session

    Master the ?Smash? and the ?Roll? rucking technique so that when the pressure is on and a clear decision needs to be made, clearing the ruck becomes ...

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    Quick Ruck for Quick Ball

    Quick rucking that produces quick ball is the first step towards a dangerous attacking side. Use this session to get your team rucking quickly, effici...

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    Ruck through the Gate

    Teach your team to ruck safely, effectively and quickly. By going 'through the gate' you'll avoid giving away penalties and encourage better binding

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    Confidence in Contact: part 2

    Continue to improve your player's confidence when using contact, with the second of our Confidence in Contact sessions

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    Improving Rucking Technique

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

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    Community Drills

    Under Wing-Split

    - Mid field crash play via wing with pass option to 12 - 10, 12, 14, 15 reset for second phase- Mid-field ruck must be quick- Make sure 12 straig...

    Ruck - Clearing players at Breakdown

    (a)Both teams start onTeam w/ ball player straddles tackle bag and defends ballOther player in and clears player out Clear out w/Roll(B)Use tackl...

    -ataque prof. desple. plan

    Desde un punto de en cuentro (ruck) se alinean 6 def en la primera linea defensiva y 1 atras.y en ataque un 9 + una puntada profunda en forma de celul...

    Rucking

    Back and forth clear outs constant for 2 minutes and swap out the middle group