An interesting approach to improving your tackling, using crash matts? Declan Danaher the defence coach at Irish uses a variety of equipment but says "Using matts has revolutionised our defence"
How do we maximize the contact time how do we look after the players and using matz's I suppose revolutionized it for us, you know, do you think that would apply to you know, when they start tackling it under nine ten eleven twelve Juniors? Yeah. I think it would if you introduced it then they can have fun. They can mess around, you know, every kid loves jumping on the trampoline or jumping on the map and things like that and having a little vessel with his mates. And I know when you're that age kids love contact, which is great, but it's how do you how do you doing a controlled manner that it's potentially enjoyable come January, February March. Just wanted to collisions must big part of what we do here. We are defensive system is about when the Collision so between that that confrontation between the ball carrier and the tackler and obviously doing bone on bone every week. It takes its toll from the players the physios don't like it. So we really wanna how do we maximize the contact time? How do we look after the players and using Maps as really revved? I suppose revolutionized it for us, you know, I think if you've ever got access to indoor spaces so Matt's gymnasiums Halls, it's real good easy way to do some do some close contact training and actually take the the real Collision out of it.
Adding variety into your sessions keeps players interested as they learn new skills or try to improve key techniques but in a different way. Patrick O'Grady from London Irish explain why he uses different sized balls
Scotlands clever score from the line out v Ireland was a great example of coaches or players being innovative and looking at new ways to do things. This clip shows a few slightly different uses for placing your scrum half at the front of the line out. It is just ideas and about pushing the boundaries of the laws
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With England players at a loss recently as to "What to do" it is important that coaches integrate "Problem solving" into their sessions. This game really challenges the players and is great for warm ups or breaking up a session with something different
Another great conditioned game for pre-season training. With the addition of 'reptile crawls' for players who have made a touch, you incorporate an excellent core strength exercise that requires concentration under fatigue.
Confident players have the will and desire to perform. Wales seemed to have lost their way with players looking deflated and lacking leadership, create an environment where players know what is expected of them and develop those skills
Use as either part of your warm up or as a breakout, this exercise is a high intensity passing challenge. Encourage your players to take ownership of this grid and manage the intensity themselves. Should create lots of fun
Changing your catch & pass practises is always a good way to add variety into your sessions. This practise is not only different but the defenders are putting pressure on the attackers from a variety of angles
Making good decisions around the contact area is a tricky area to coach, Howard Graham from Harlequins explains some of the key factors in what to coach players when focusing on continuity, beating players and offloading to keep the ball in play