How to successfully teach rugby

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Excitement about the game of rugby will continue to build over the coming weeks as the Rugby World Cup in Japan approaches, and its legacy will likely be an increasing demand for grassroots teaching as boys and girls from primary school’s upwards dream of emulating their heroes. Solid teaching requires the engagement of players across all ages and skill levels.

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Primary school aged children should start with ball skills around passing and catching the ball, as the contact element of the sport comes much later on. Games like tag rugby are a great way to start learning the basic skills and improve agility and stamina. Coloured bands tucked into shorts replace the tackle; when a band is removed, the player must pass the ball within three seconds. This version works particularly well in primary schools because it means that girls and boys of all abilities … Read the rest