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Turning defence into attack by David Clarke

Here is an exercise I use to get rugby players to think quickly about changing roles, from defending to attacking or the other way round.

The video clip shows a fairly low intensity start to the rugby session, where is there is plenty of feedback on what to do and how to do it. I asked the players to offer the solutions, emphasising the need to push and pull defenders with angles and footwork before contact.

Also, when making the transition, the attacker should accelerate into the gaps, not waiting for supporters, otherwise the defence can quickly reorganise.

This was the first time these boys had used this exercise, but they were a skilful bunch of u18 club players. Subsequently, one has become an academy player (the Ospreys) and four have signed for local semi-professional sides. The rugby drill can be run for levels of player though and I have used it from u10 upwards.



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