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May
14

Rugby Skills Drill Video

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This is a simple drill used by several professional Rugby League Teams in both the UK and Australia.

It can be used as both a warm up drill and/or part of a skills conditioning circuit. The aim of the drill is to improve

  • catching
  • handling
  • passing

This drill forces the player to concentrate on hand/eye co-ordination by using smaller objects such as a tennis ball or golf ball.

After the initial square exercise, you’ll notice the coach has the players 3 attackers v 3 defenders. This is the more advanced option and I suggest you start with 2 v 1 then build up to 3 v 2 and finally 3 v 3 once the players have progressed.

Let me know your thoughts about this drill and whether you have any success with it by leaving a comment at the bottom of the page. Anyhow here’s the drill…

Neil

http://1RugbyCoach.com

Categories : rugby drills

20 Comments

1

Hi I have used something like this but I used small plastic water bottles filled with differing amounts of water. The bottles move all ways depending on the amount of water in them!The guys really liked the drill.
Keep up the good work!

2

Nice drill, I will try this with my students

3

Hi Bob, Thanks for sharing that. I think it’s a great idea and a good alternative:-)

4

Neil used the sliding defence drill to great effect.Excellant drill

5

hi i am currently doing my level 2 coaching and has anybody got any ideas on drills to retrieve the ball

6

thanks for the drills a narrative coaching points along with the video would be an asset

7

Hi Neil
I’ve been involved with rugby for the past 39 years. Thanks for all the great drills – The performance Skills however I feel are more important. Would like to see more League related drills. South Africa is great with Union but only resurrected League a couple of years ago. Could we see more Handling skill work? Keep up the great work. As coaches we can never get enough information. Thanks.
Dave
South Africa

8

Hi Neil, just watched the video, like Bob above used small plastic bottles, tennis balls and different shapes of equipment, particularly found in primary schools games cupboard. I don’t mind if they are league or union the drills are all core related skills, keep up the good work. It is gratifying to realise you (me) are on the right lines

9

Hi Neil, just watched the video, like Bob above used small plastic bottles, tennis balls and different shapes of equipment, particularly found in primary schools games cupboard. I don’t mind if they are league or union the drills are all core related skills, keep up the good work. It is gratifying to realise you (me)may be on the right lines

10

It’s a nice play ground game, but how relevant is it to rugby?
Have you ever tried to pick up a suitcase that you think is full, only to find it is empty and very much lighter than you anticipated. It flies up in the air because you have recruited the wrong amount of muscle fibres for the job. Aristotle said ‘if you want to play the flute, you have to play the flute’ – if you want to get better at catching a rugby ball, catch a rugby ball.

11

some great drills and plenty to work with

12

Des, I think you have missed the relevance for this drill.
It helps to develop hand eye co-ordination especially amongst those whos core skills in this area are lacking.
Try the drill then get feed back from your players…you will be surprised at the improvement.

13

Hi, Neil, Thank for the drill, it`s one that we use with all sorts of different size balls.I have used this drill for the past ten years starting at with Under 7`s. Hand/ Eye coordination is so important. If the little guys can not catch on the field they lose heart very quickly. Thanks for going back to grassroots. Bill Stone Newtown Junior Rugby League, Qld. Australia.

14

Pete, I have done the drill myself and used it with players of different ages and abilities, and I remember seeing it on a Canberra Raiders video back in the 80’s.
My point is that sports science studies show that hand eye co-ordination and muscle memory are specific.
Juggling with chainsaws and bowling balls is an admirable skill that requires excellent hand eye coordination and highly tuned motor control, but it doesn’t help you pass and catch a rugby ball.
I think the 2010 soccer world cup supports my arguement. The introduction of a new ball, only slightly different to what players have been used to, has, for many players, ruined their motor skills, they are over or under hitting the ball. Corners and free kicks have been ridiculously poor.
It’s a fun drill, and can be used to break up the monotony of training, but it isnt the way to improve handling a rugby ball

15

Whats the name of the drill?

16

Hi Tasha

It’s just a passing hand eye co-ordination drill. You can call it whatever you like as most teams use similar drills but call them something different.

Enjoy your rugby

Neil

17

Nice work… thx alot, we need all the help we can get. Only with coaches like you we can develop the game

18

Another great drill.Thanks for all the drills i use just about all the drills in my pre season training for my under 16/1 and my under 10/3 both teams are really enjoying pre season training.WHAT A GREAST SITE i have told all the coaches about this site keep up the great work.
Darren Busuttil
President Liverpool Catholic Club Raiders
NSW AUSTRALIA

19

Bonjour, à faire loin des périodes de compétition. Notamment avec des balls d’un diamètre différent du ballon officiel.

20

salut vraiment j’ai aimè et je le trouve tres reflexe je vais l’essayer avec mes joueurs

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