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
With the handling the boys find it a lot easier, especially the forwards who maybe aren't quite as skillful and and for us it just gets them forgetting about the ball and how how to spin pass etcetera in the different types of passes and it gets them just moving the ball far easier. So especially when we're bringing in that sort of second wave runner in behind when they ate forget about having to catch it how into spin pass then they can focus on the the other part of the game. We're trying to develop and it just makes the transfer the transfer of the ball far far easier. So we always mix up between the two really just to allow for the easier handling and the focus on what we're trying to work on and then also it's so easy to offload and try various passes over the top and in behind you would have seen a few of our props today try and some magical offloads which with a rug but I don't think they're done. So is this great we always mix that in and out of the sessions for the moment. We won't have a clear at the breakdown just two pancakes in the fence that will hopefully up the tempo but the nines not there quick enough turnover play. the boss great chapter Drayson So sure Tempo Tempo turn over 100 Bull presentation Play Good ball presentation. It's a foundation of your attack any sloppy things like that. We just want to get the boys and good habit. So we always reward players are doing good things and we also turn the ball over when they're not quite up to scratch or high expectations. Let's make sure we snap the feet round. Mr. Landon. So I know and over and it's at now tackle their tackle their race. No one over and it's at now. Good luck. Great. Thanks Charlie outstanding work. Your feet tackle their quick ball Tempo Tempo Tempo Tempo good lad when you're in at nine, the key is just to sweep it away as quick as possible. Okay, so I actually approached us when you look around not when you're over the ball. All right. Good luck. Goodbye, Junior. Lovely hands. Well played sold good support. Hey, boys. It's the best show I've seen today. Well, we think every player will be able to get more touches in a more realistic situation. We still think there's a place for drills and that sort of repetition but getting in a game situation makes it so much more realistic. So would like to do everything in the game have a skills break out and get them in the in the game against Challenge and with that that's cool. Just been working on.
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
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
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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
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
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