Filed under: Rugby Coaching, Rugby Team Management, Rugby Training, Uncategorized | Tags: All Blacks, Crusaders, Declan Kidney, Graham Henry, international rugby, Martin Johnson, Peter De Villiers, Robbie Deans, Rugby Coaching, South Africa, Springboks, Tri-Nations, Wales, Wallabies, Warren Gatland
Here is a fantastic article published this weekend in the South African Independent on Saturday by Peter Bills.
It shows us that the world’s best coaches give the players a lot more freedom to express themselves than previous eras of coaches.
De Villiers, Deans can change rugby
June 07 2008
By Peter Bills
The stagnation of world rugby, a reality confirmed by the recent World Cup and the Six Nations tournaments in the northern hemisphere, could be resolved in 2008′s Tri-Nations Championship.
The arrival of Robbie Deans as the new coach of Australia this week and Peter de Villiers’s innovative hand on the controls in South African rugby, offers the game the opportunity to make overdue progress.
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Skills, Rugby Team Management | Tags: 22m, back row moves, backs moves, corner flag, ELV, ELVs, hooker, kick and chase, lifting in the lineout, lineouts, quick throw in, RFU, Rugby Coaching, Rugby Drills, Rugby Tactics, rugby techniques
The ELVs will affect your rugby tactics and you need to decide how you will change your coaching and rugby drills.
Many of us have no firsthand experience of the new laws in action, so it is important to glean as much information from those who have. One way is to look some video footage to understand which rugby techniques you are going to adjust.
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Skills, Rugby Training | Tags: rugby attack, rugby defence, Rugby Drills, rugby turnover, turnover ball
Here is an exercise I use to get rugby players to think quickly about changing roles, from defending to attacking or the other way round.
The video clip shows a fairly low intensity start to the rugby session, where is there is plenty of feedback on what to do and how to do it. I asked the players to offer the solutions, emphasising the need to push and pull defenders with angles and footwork before contact.
Also, when making the transition, the attacker should accelerate into the gaps, not waiting for supporters, otherwise the defence can quickly reorganise.
This was the first time these boys had used this exercise, but they were a skilful bunch of u18 club players. Subsequently, one has become an academy player (the Ospreys) and four have signed for local semi-professional sides. The rugby drill can be run for levels of player though and I have used it from u10 upwards.