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
England Italy match last week threw up some contentious issues around the laws one of the biggest challenges for the England players was about problem solving and problem solving on the hoof. So here's a great exercise that challenges you players to problem solve. They don't have much time. So they've got to react quickly. They got to work in groups. They got to work in teams are going to work in units you guys can go anywhere you want to but if you're standing on a cone he can't step on it. I saw someone doing it with chairs and it's a little bit like, you know, almost like a Christmas game that people did with chairs. And so I thought we can bring this into the picture. And so so yeah, so we the cones get distres out and someone's gotta get to a cone and then it's about communicating. It's about actually what you're saying because it's really short time period so okay guys, no contact. No contact go. Come on yolk. So warm up. Okay. Good Yogi back over. Okay guys, you got to Only seconds they've got to problem-solve. They've got to work it out work the solution now what's best what works for them? Just an observation guys. I've not seen you move from that Konya. So from a bit of a teamwork perspective, you've got guys you got one guy here who doesn't seem to be doing much work multiple. Let's go Paul Super Bowl it hold it. Hold it go back. Okay guys. So fellas, why did that work? Why did it work communication? Because Fraser move number one better comes so much. Why are we doing this movements of the guy trying to get the co-movement agility communication and defense. So if someone next to you moves you have to do what move with him. I quite like your thought of what so what's it? What's the theory behind standing between cones between two on you? Yeah, and I quite like that theory let's play around with it. What's your very easy to do? Just watch just watch it's a little bit like I'm just watching the ball in the game rather than actually I'm scanning. I'm going to see what's what actually do you need to start thinking about gaps? Yeah, Gap specialized what's going to happen next? So, where's he going to go if he goes there? Where's he going to go? What's Rory strength? What his strengths are same as a game. Whoo! Let's go for damn me to go. Enjoy. I like the solution. I've never seen it before. I really know you're still going. So get your players thinking get them problem solving and problem solving on the hoof in a chaotic environment. That's how they're going to learn and adapt during scenarios that occur during a match.
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
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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
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