- Three training sessions from the RFU's Community Rugby Coaches - The Game Changers
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With the grassroots season now underway, and the dreaded pre-season over for another year, getting things right in training is crucial to success on the pitch.
To help coaches across the country to create and tailor sessions, some of the RFU's top Community Rugby Coaches (CRC) have run us through their top training games to show how to engage players and prepare them for playing the 15-a-side game.
First is up Fitball from CRC Phil Morris, who gets his players using a large exercise ball while playing.
While in attack the players must keep the ball at chest height which puts pressure on the defensive team to come up with a solution to tackling the attacking player and retrieving the ball.
"It encourages players to keep low in the tackle and get the correct body position," says Morris. "The game guarantees interaction and puts the emphasis on enjoyment."
8 vs 8 DROP-OFF
Next up is 8 vs 8 from Rory Greenslade-Jones. Played on a 40m x 40m pitch, the game involves the defensive line dropping back five metres when the attacking player is touched.
The person who made the touch then has to runback to the try line, creating gaps in defence.
To succeed in the game, the defensive side requires both communication and organisation while in attack the game encourages players to scan the pitch and exploit gaps.
"It engages players from a fitness perspective," says Greenslade-Jones. "It's very hard work and in attack it challenges players to make decisions."
NO PRESENTATION RUGBY
No presentation rugby is a two touch game. On the first touch a player can keep running but on the second touch it's a turnover straight away. The game forces players to keep the ball alive.
Bristol-based CRC Mike Panoho uses colour cones in different parts of the pitch and the team with the ball has to attack a different area depending on the colour called by Panoho.
"It gives players an opportunity to attack the space and in terms of promoting creativity and awareness it's outstanding," says Panoho.
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