Rugby Coaching Blog | Professional Rugby Advice & Coaching

Footwork from a 21 stoner! by David Clarke
December 22, 2010, 11:18 am
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby agility | Tags: , , , ,

Even the big guys can use footwork and evasion skills.

This is pretty remarkable though. But it does show that even a small offline movement can beat defenders.

Rugby evasion skills should be part of every warm up. Best to have them as part of a game if possible.

Better Rugby Coaching


3 Comments so far
Leave a comment

I have coached high school rugby in Canada. The rugby season followed the Football (CFL) season and the team virtually crossed over en mass.

The football team always started their season with a ‘Combine’ which is a sort of fitness and conditioning school and test. In fact you can see the combine used in the NFL draft and pre season training extensively. While I am no Football expert being an English implant, I have seen some distinct benefits of habits and training policies that cross deck from Football to Rugby nicely. In particular I found that the Football tackling coaches taught the Rugby players how to hit/tackle and tie up the player and ball. Speed work as alluded to in the article played a big part of the bigger players regimine and we see an explosive capability of big players in Football however, their ability to maintain any kind of intensity for more than a few minutes dwindle rapidly.

I also saw a far more regimented system for warm ups at the beginning of each training session with the team captain, or senior guys leading an extensive warm up and stretching routine…. They also work harder off season using the time for younger guys to gain strength, size and attend workshops on sprinting and speed. Lifting in season also plays a big part with team members encouraged to lift regularly and record their activities in some detail under the guidance of one of the many coaching staff on hand.

Football players as I mentioned unfortunately cannot keep it going for 80 mins and this is sadly reflected in the US’s rugby team when up against quality opposition. It is improving but they still have some way in catching the Canadians. The Churchill Cup typically exposes the gap but is always entertaining and well worth watching.

Comment by Paul

Tx Paul for yr comments
I cuncur with yr general appraisal of the NFL game.
It (NFL) does fall short when it comes to continuous repeat efforts over time unless their is sufficient break between efforts (as oppossed to less intense aerobic work). It is explosive in nature and power sports like their training require good breaks between execution to maximise performance. The physical demands are quite different between the codes but both do require explosive speed and strength to dominate opposition
I would love to see any NFL drills as you mentioned or commentary generally esp related to the power aspects of the game eg. dominate ball tackle, evasion etc

Comment by Paul

I agree with the comments on football players, the lineman do struggle to adapt to rugby, but linebackers and defensive backs and the like do adapt well.

A friend and I wrote a number of articles on this topic and Dan has incorperated some of our thoughts in his stuff, the slice tackle and others are availavle from Dan in his defence stuff.
I concur that there are many great lesson that transfer well and have been trying to do this here in SA since 2006. There are things that don’t transfer so well.

Comment by Nick Tatalias

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: