How To Catch An Attacking High Ball

As a professional rugby kicking coach, my work invariably becomes almost as much about catching as well as my primary craft. These two skill sets are closely related. A quality rugby program understands the relationship between the two, and will deliver developmental coaching accordingly. In this article, I want to challenge your thinking on catching


Steal This Lineout #1

The following in a 35 minute video that was recorded in 2013 for a specific project. Don’t worry though the content is still relevant, practical and usable for coaches at all levels. The video covers entire attacking lineout playbook for a team. After discussing some of the theory and philosophy behind it, the video lays


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The Vision Square: Rugby Coaching Drill

In 2010, I attended an advanced coaching seminar led by then Wallaby coach Robbie Deans. Much sticks in my memory about that day, but one thing that truly stayed with me was the reaction of the other coaches to certain drills. Many of the drills Deans used that day were drills I had been using

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The Simplest Way to Expand Your Lineout Options

Devising a lineout strategy is a balancing act. You need to take in account the time you have available and the ability of your players. Then balance that against creating enough variety to get the job done. At most sub-elite levels of rugby, teams will have a combination of “short” and “full” lineouts. More often


3 Offside Touch Games for Conditioning

Game based conditioning (sometimes called short-sided games) is a very popular way to perform energy system development work in rugby players. It creates a competitive environment that not only develops conditioning but uses skills under fatigue and is also fun for the players, who may need a mental break from more traditional conditioning methods. These


Basic Breakdown Defence Part 2: Folding

The original question that we received, sparking the last post and this one, was to do with folding.  Again there may be regional dialects involved, but folding is essentially how players re-join the defensive line as they move from one side of the field to the other. Players are not in the defensive live as they


Basic Breakdown Defense

Breakdown defence is the cornerstone from which all solid defensive systems are built. In fact it could be argued that in the last decade no one area of defensive structure has received as much attention from coaches as the roles surrounding the breakdown. In the next few days we will be answering a question about