Rugby Training

Rugby is one of the most physically demanding games in terms of player injuries. Since both Rugby Union and Rugby League have gone professional injuries have increased nearly 50% due to rugby players becoming physically stronger and faster and playing with generally more determination.



Co - ordination / Skills

Eye - Body - Brain, is the way we want to have our co-ordination and skills. Unfortunately many of us see the ball, and our body takes too long to react to it passing us. This area can be improved on by developing what is called your motor skills, so that you see the ball, and your body automatically positions itself in the correct place.

With a complete variety of situations you can be in for a ball to pass you, you need to work on improving your total body, to react as one fast efficient machine.

FOOT DRILLS Used to gain speed in footwork, lay out a rope ladder, or chalk out an area with approximately 15 inch squares. Combining ladders so that you go both forward and sideways, will give you rapid results. The numbers indicate the order to run in.
 

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Single leg run; aim to run on the ball of your foot, without catching the rope or chalk lines. 


 

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Double leg run; aim to run at speed through the rope ladder, pumping with your arms. 


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Double side step, run through the ladder in a sideways direction. 


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Ickey Shuffle, As with the double run, but this time every third step comes outside the rope.

 

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Cross overs, Side step through the rope, taking your leading leg both in front and then behind the trailing leg. 

By performing these drills in both directions, you will soon realize that you are better on one side than the other. Aim to work on your weaker side for greater improvements in your game.

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