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Junior Development

The following is a list of basic rugby skills that all players should be familiar with before specialising in any particular position. Video links at the end!

  • Tackling - Side tackle
  • Tackling - Front tackle
  • Tackling - Rear tackle
  • Handling - Lateral pass
  • Handling - Spin pass
  • Handling - Switch pass
  • Handling - Loop pass
  • Handling - Pass under pressure
  • Handling - Clearance pass
  • Footwork - Swerve
  • Footwork - Side step
  • Footwork - Advanced evade
  • Kicking - Punt
  • Kicking - Grubber
  • Kicking - Chip & chase
  • Kicking - Place kick
  • Kicking - Drop kick
  • Kicking - Catching the ball from a kick
  • Ruck - Core ruck skills
  • Ruck - Attacking ruck
  • Ruck - Defending the ruck
  • Ruck - Pre-ruck scannning
  • Ruck - Keeps the ball alive in contact
  • Maul - Securing the maul ball
  • Maul - Driving
  • Maul - Defending
  • Maul - Converting ruck to maul
  • Scrum - Building
  • Scrum - Driving
  • Lineout - Throw
  • Lineout - Jumping
  • Lineout - Catch & drive
  • Tactics - Makes correct decisions in 2 v 1 situations
  • Tactics - Understands and applies the principles of support
  • Tactics - Attacking channels, commits defenders, creates phases
  • Tactics - Recognises and utilises own teams strengths
  • Development - Recognises own strengths and areas for development
  • Development - Understands the benefits of physical fitness
  • Development - Works for the benefit of the team with a good work rate


Below are YouTube video links to most of these basic skills. They are mainly from the DVD by Dan Cottrell - Everything you need to know for coaching rugby, some VideoJug and a bit of Jonny Wilkinson thrown in.

05 Side on tackling - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jy9GHWC5jrU
06 Front on tackling - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-Y4QGMqTfo
07 Rear tackle - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLGkgpStQoE
08 Passing and catching - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlZg8qQ5t0Y
09 The lateral pass - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FySCSXoAP18
10 The spin pass - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiGE7z1OnJQ
11 The switch pass - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3a9cSXvsWBU
12 Passing under pressure - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iK7zMJdKNUw
13 The clearance pass - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9eOFuAwhFQ
14 Simple loops - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ky2VYSzGxg0
15 Passing to create space - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8io4ge0_CA
16 Offloading in contact - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji66qpvtSqM
17 Handling in a narrow space - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtXL_OxEqJE
18 Handling and communication - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ww4c6QMUYRA
19 Picking up the ball - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aoXV4sA94c
20 Try scorers - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYTJ1cuAGKs
21 The swerve - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAH9MvXqA8M
22 The side step - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmtT9UzwkJ8
23 Improving evasion skills - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOiLldQevfk
24 Advanced evasion - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srJXp5T8mQI
25 The punt - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nF6bRA5xMNM
26 The grubber kick - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqkt-w92EQQ
27 The chip and chase - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlB0hPlq64g
28 The place kick - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxmXRfejat0
29 The drop kick - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxmXRfejat0
30 Catching a high ball - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B47CmkPqp8Q
33 Ruck attack - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70JCb5eRCU8
34 Ruck defence - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbhQtIzoG6Q
35 Ruck scan - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPQipDN0lOg
36 What is a maul - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1HKHWNI3es
37 Securing maul ball - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSVT_OoWOwQ
38 Driving maul - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQ2RzKj7M94
39 Defending a maul - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbhQtIzoG6Q
40 Ruck to maul - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCRvPQaHVc8
41 Scrum basics - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31NxKqYay0s
42 The three man scrum - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bcxdDDsp1c
43 The five man scrum - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_OaBMDZ12k
44 Building a full scrum - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDhTN2fb3FE
45 Lineout jumping - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZ5t8Xy9Urg
46 Lineout lifting - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XdtrQfgZSA
47 Lineout throw in - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_Ew4lkImL8
48 Lineout catch and drive - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IykN5r3KQ6g
49 Attacking channels - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWo2fpyiATo
50 Second phase ball - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inA_MTjB4iU


More info on building the scrum;

o The front row - https://youtu.be/7Sk-346090U
o The second row - https://youtu.be/Nvpi8G3XCyc
o The back row - https://youtu.be/nJfogiHPfb4

Where next?

Safety First Boots. It is recommended that players use football or rugby boots with studs preferred over blade
Positions Guide Rugby union positions guide. From Internet sporting sites and various other sources. 15 player

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