Rugby League

Effective skills coaching for both forms of rugby

Rugby League or Union: do you have a preference? These two types of rugby have as many differences as similarities, making each sport entirely different to watch or play.

However, there are some fundamental factors which are common to both, with certain skills benefiting players of either sport. Here’s a closer look at providing effective skills coaching which would be useful for both forms of rugby.

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Rugby League Lesson Plan – Grubber, Bomb and Drop Kicks

Kicking the ball from hand is an integral part of Rugby League. There are a number of situations where kicking can be the appropriate action – for example, to gain territorial advantage, push back the defensive line on the last tackle, and score points.

This lesson plan focuses on coaching grubber, bomb and drop kicks.

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5 Fun drills for rugby league

Rugby league focuses on the key skills of handling, passing, running and tackling. Players are expected to have quick hands, good sprint speed with bursts of pace to try to break tackles, and the strength to tackle and halt their opponents’ runs.

Here are 5 drills that we hope you will find useful to help your rugby league players enhance these key skills.

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Tag Rugby Lesson Plan – Passing

Tag rugby is a perfect inclusive sport, making a great introduction to rugby for all ages and abilities.

This lesson plan looks at passing with the objective of gaining understanding of the rules and laws regarding passing and catching the ball in this non-contact sport.

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Rugby Skills

England is set to host the Rugby union World Cup in 2015, two years after the rugby league world cup was joint hosted by England, France, Ireland and Wales. For our country to have hosted both world cups in the different formats shows how important rugby is to our nation. Without doubt English rugby union’s greatest moment came in 2003, when England won the world cup thanks to a drop goal from Johnny Wilkinson beat Australia 20-17.

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Tag Rugby Lesson Plan

This tag rugby lesson focusses on passing, specifically the ability to replicate, perform and catch the lateral pass. This lesson will also promote the understanding of laws on passing and catching the ball.

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Rugby League Competitive Lesson Plan

This lesson provides ideas for implementing a Rugby League competitive lesson, developing pupils’ knowledge about how to play the ball (PTB).

This competitive lesson plan is designed to incorporate skills such as outwitting opponents and using a variety of restarts in order to play a small sided game of Rugby League.

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