Rugby Coach Weekly 444

Rugby Coach Weekly 444

Support Special

The forgotten core skill


  • Support the ball carrier
  • Support the tackle
  • Don’t dither at the breakdown

Coaching Files

Age: 8 -11, 11-16






Skill level: Beginner, Improver
No. of pages: 8

Full Description

Lineout phases - Work on the connection between the set piece and phase play once the lineout is completed

Set piece recovery - Not every scrum or lineout goes to plan. Practise emergency action to retain the ball

Supporting the ball - carrier Learn the movements of team mates to be able to support at pace

Support races - Win the race for the space over the ball, one of the most hotly contested areas of the game

The difference between - the language and reality of defence Stop talking the talk, start walking the walk

Don’t dither at the tackle breakdown - A low impact exercise to sharpen up players’ reactions when a team mate makes a tackle or gets tackled

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