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Free Rugby Coaching Drills

Click on the links below for free to view Rugby Coaching Drills, with videos and explanations - covering the basics of all aspects of the game.

Rugby Coaching - Passing Drills

Rugby Coaching - Footwork Drills

Rugby Coaching - Tackling Drills

 

Rugby Coaching - Kicking Drills

 

 

 

Rugby Coaching - Rucking Drills

 

 

 

 

Rugby Coaching - Mauling Drills

Rugby Coaching - Scrum Drills

Rugby Coaching - Line Out Drills

 

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Rugby Video Drills

Further text detail about our free rugby coaching drills:

Passing

Basic Pass

Players work in pairs trying to keep possession and move the down from one side of the square to the opposite.

Tunnel Run - 1 Man

Passing drill - players work their way along a tunnel.

Tunnel Run - 2 Man

Similar to above but players work in pairs along the tunnel.

Switch Pass

The switch pass is often used to confuse the opposition and create more space for the ball carrier and the team. It is a great way to change the direction of the attack.

Switch Pass - Scrum off

This move is usualy perfromed off a Scrum. It involves the Scrum Half passing to the first man who will then perform a switch pass with his outside player. 

Holding and Carrying the ball

Simple explanation of how the ball should be carried and held.

Switch Pass with Dummy

This involves convincing the oppenent with your movements that you are going to throw a switch pass. However, at the last minute this pass will not be used and instead you will dummy or fake it.

Single Loop Pass

The scrum half will pass to the first player who will perform a dummy switch. It involves the two players performing the drill to perfrom an "X" shaped run.

Miss Pass with Loop

This is the loop pass. It involves the first player running or "looping" around the player he just passed the ball to to recieve the ball again.

Passing - Offload from the floor

This is where the tackled player has the ball on the floor. The tackled player then releases the ball on the floor to the support player.

Offload from the floor progression

The supporting player must hold depth to avoid a forward pass and to recieve the ball at speed and with power.

Offload During Tackle

The player being tackled must stay on his feet for as long as possible and offload the ball to the support player before they go to ground.

Offload During Tackle 1v1 progression

This is a 1v1 drill where the player being tackled must offload to his support player in a 1v1 situation.

Offload Through Tackle

The ball carrier should carry the ball in two hands at all times to avoid dropping the ball and to avoid the ball being ripped and taken from his possesion. He should hit the tackle low and with the shoulders.

Offload Through Tackle 1v2 progression

This drill is a 1v2 game situation where the ball carrier breaks through the tackle and offloads to his support player.

Miss Pass - Behind

The player who will receive the ball needs to come from deep so that he can run onto the ball quickly. 

Miss Pass - Infront

This move can be performed to confuse the oppisition if the move is carried out correctly. It is often known as a "miss pass" as it misses one player and travels to another missing the middle man.

Scrum Half

Players work in pairs trying to keep possession and move the down from one side of the square to the opposite.

Switch Drill

Similar to above but players work in pairs along the tunnel.

Switch Drill - Progression

The switch pass is often used to confuse the opposition and create more space for the ball carrier and the team. It is a great way to change the direction of the attack.

Switch Drill - Miss One Back In

This move is usualy perfromed off a Scrum. It involves the Scrum Half passing to the first man who will then perform a switch pass with his outside player. 

Advanced - 3 on 2

This involves convincing the oppenent with your movements that you are going to throw a switch pass. However, at the last minute this pass will not be used and instead you will dummy or fake it.

Advanced 3 on 2 through the middle

Players work in pairs trying to keep possession and move the down from one side of the square to the opposite.

Advanced 3 on 2 wide

Passing drill - players work their way along a tunnel.

Warm Up Drill

Similar to above but players work in pairs along the tunnel.

Basic Passing Drill 1

The switch pass is often used to confuse the opposition and create more space for the ball carrier and the team. It is a great way to change the direction of the attack.

Basic Passing Drill 2

This move is usualy perfromed off a Scrum. It involves the Scrum Half passing to the first man who will then perform a switch pass with his outside player. 

Endurance Drill

Simple explanation of how the ball should be carried and held.

Around the World

This involves convincing the oppenent with your movements that you are going to throw a switch pass. However, at the last minute this pass will not be used and instead you will dummy or fake it.

Pass and Pop

Footwork

Side Step

This drill aims to teach the side step to players and practice it.

Swerve

This drill is the swerve. It it used to avoid or to beat an opponent.

Spin

Rugby drill aims to teach player the spin.

Spin - progression

This is a progression from the spin and involves player practicing.

Spin and Offload

This is a further progression from the spin and involves an offload.

Tackling

Front on Tackle - knee tackle

Players will learn to perfrom a front tackle from one knee

Front on tackle - 1 knee tackle

Players will perfrom a front tackle, but from one knee.

Front on Tackle - Squat Position

The aim of this drill is to perfrom a front on tackle from the squat position.

Front Tackle from standing

This drill is used to teach players to perfrom a normal front on tackle from a game situation.

Front Tackle progression drill

This drill is a progression from the standing front on tackle and can be used to practice.

Side Tackle on knees

This drill aims to teach player a side on tackle from two knees

Side Tackle on one knee

This drill aims to teach players a side on tackle from just one knee

Side Tackle from squat position

This drill is a side on tackle from the squat position.

Side Tackle from standing

This drill is used to teach players how to perfrom a standing tacjle from the side. It involves game situations.

Kicking

Chip Kick

The drill aims to teach players how to perfrom an accurate chip kick

Torpedo kick

The players will be shown how to perform a torpedo kick with the correct technique.

Grubber Kick

This will teach the players how to perform a correct grubber kick.

Drop Kick

This is the drop kick. Players will learn how to perform this kick and where to use it in a game situation.

Place Kick

This drill aims to teach players to perform the place kick correctly.

Up and Under

Players will be shown how to perform an up and under kick correctly using the propper technique.

Aussie Rules Punt

This drill is used to teach players to perfrom an Aussie rules punt. It will teach the players the correct technique.

Rucking

The Ruck

The basics of rucking.

Rucking - how to fall correctly

This drill will show players how to fall correctly in a ruck.

Rucking - Falling Properly with ball

This is a progression from falling correctly in a ruck, and will shows players how to fall correctly with the ball.

Making contact in a Ruck Straight Clear

The drill aims to teach players how to make contact correctly in a ruck to have impact and avoid injury.

Contact in a Ruck Straight Clear - 2 player drill

A progression from making contact in the ruck. It shows how to clear out the ruck and practices in a 2 player drill.

Clearing a Ruck 3 player drill

This drill is a progression from clearing out the ruck and involves a three player drill.

4v2 And Progression

This is a progression from all the rucking. It involves practicing rucking in a 6 player drill.

Ruck Straight Clear

How to do a straight clear in a ruck.

Cross Arms

Arms Away

Roll Off

Mauling

Mauling - Basic Rip

This drill aims to teach the basic ripping action.

Mauling - Basic rip drill using tackle bags

This puts the basic ripping drill into action with a game situation.

Mauling - Basic rip drill 4 players

This takes the ripping drill further by introducing more player.

Bag then rip - Advanced

This is a more advanced form of ripping. Not only does it involve ripping, but also leg drive, and support players.

Bag then rip - Advanced 2

This is an advanced ripping drill. It involves 4 players, leg drive, ball securing, and driving.

Scrum

Scrum timing - Squeeze Dip Shove!

This drill aims to teach the timing in a scrum and get all players to push at the right time.

Scrum - Front Row

Scrum - Second Row

Scrum - Flankers

Scrum - Full 8

Line Outs

Line Out - Lift

Basic Line Out With Drive

Line Out - See Saw Drill

Line Out - Quad Drill

 

 



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