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Breakdown - Clear out - HS and A with Warren Gatland

The ball has been placed in the tackle, now secure it. This series looks at the key techniques to clearing the threat and securing possession.

Part 1. Breakdown Clear out Analysis 1:17 Member content

Are your rugby performances suffering from poor breakdowns and ineffective clearouts. Committing too many players to the breakdown and still have slow ball? Hamish explains why this is happening and how to fix it!

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Part 2. Dominate the Clear Out   7:44 Member content

Your ball carrier has successfully taken the ball into contact (from last week’s video), now The Rugby Site founder, Brendon Ratcliffe shows how to dominate the clear out.

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Part 3. Body position breakdown drill 8:00 Member content

This is a drill that the great George Smith does regularly after training to work on his body position at the breakdown. World Cup winning and England coach Eddie Jones focuses on making sure you keep your chest low as you go forward over the breakdown and then cleaning the threat out quickly.

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Part 4. Clearing the Ruck 6:32 Member content

Warren explains the how and why of the key elements of the clear out.

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Part 5. Clear Out competition 10:52 Member content

Jase Ryan, assistant coach of the Crusaders (current super rugby champions), and Front Row Club founder, brings ‘Momma’ and ‘Poppa’ to contest the breakdown at his recent Norcal clinics at Golden Gate RC, San Francisco.

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Part 6. Approach to the Clear out 6:13 Member content

Watch Ex Queensland Reds Nick Stiles explain how to approach the breakdown to clean out effectivel using key elements.

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Part 7. Clear Out Drills 9:29 Member content

Ex Chiefs and now Glasgow Warriors coach Dave Rennie always coaches his teams to be really aggressive in the cleanout.

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Part 8. Practice Plan - Clean Out 4:22 Free video

Ex Rugby Site Manager and Otago coach Ben Herring has put together a session plan for coaches to develop new players defensive skills in a fun and safe environment.

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Course Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8
Duration 54:29
Topics Breakdown Youth Coaching
Applicable to Coaches  
Languages English

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Some really good ideas, well presented.


Loved the vid. Really clear vivid images that players will remember in the heat of the battle

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