Click on the links below to view rugby coaching drills covering the basics of all aspects of the game including passing & handling, rucking & mauling, the scrum and more. Each drill has a video demonstration with coaching points.
For anyone who puts on the number 10 shirt, there is a lot of responsibility on their shoulders. From planning the moves for your backline to telling your large pack of forwards where to be next. There is a lot going on. Here we hope to give you some tips to make life a little easier.
- Written by Mike Walden
The following rugby drills focus on improving basic passing and handling skills including the basic pass, switch pass, pop pass, loop pass, miss pass, offload pass from tackles and the floor.
Passing drills which can be used as a team warm up or as fitness training drills. They include basic passing techniques with team movement and coordination. Good communication skills between players are essential.
The following drills bring more players into small sided passing type games adding a little time pressure and a competitive element to the skill as well as offloading through tackles and from the floor in groups.
Rugby footwork and agility drills demonstrate how to develop skills to side step, swerve, spin and offload the ball with the aim of avoiding tackles and keeping the ball moving. By practicing the footwork skills repeatedly in isolation or as part of a practice drill then eventually the movements become automatic and emerge naturally in a game situation.
Rugby drills which introduce players to tackling and gradually build confidence. Beginners start with learning the basic techniques by doing a slow motion tackle from the knees. This is progressed to tackling on one knee, then standing through to one v one full contact tackling practices.
A ruck occurs when the ball is on the ground and at least one player from each side are in physical contact with the ball between them. It is a technique used to get or keep possession of the ball, after a player has been tackled in open play. The following rugby drills build up player confidence and technique.
The maul is often used when a team needs to regain control of the ball, or because the opposition have partially stopped the attack. A maul is also used to unsettle the defense, but it is important to keep the ball moving. The following drills help develop team mauling skills.
The scrum is used to restart play if the ball has been knocked on or gone forwards in some way if the ball fails to come out of a ruck or maul and also for an accidental offside. The following practice drills build up the scrum starting the the front row only and adding players until all eight are involved.
A line out occurs when the ball goes out of play. The following drills and practices help a team develop skills to win the lineout including lifting where safety is essential.
Whats your position on the rugby pitch? We explain the roles and demands of specific positions on the pitch including prop forward, hooker, second row, back row, fly half, srum half, centres, wingers and full back.
Kicking in rugby can be used as a defensive or an attacking tactic, depending on the situation. It is a good way to clear the danger if the team are under pressure. However with a good kick over the top of the opposition they can be the team under pressure. We explain seven different kicking techniques a player may use in a competitive game situation.
We explain how rugby is organised and how to get involved in coaching rugby. The difference between rugby league and rugby union, the history of rugby and common rugby injuries.