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Breakdown Progression - Y and HS with Dave Ellis

Dave Ellis (Ellisrugby), returns with a new Breakdown Progression series. Keeping it 'Real' using drills and modified games in the development process and with the help of Takapuna Grammar School's 2nd XV players, The series is ideal for returning to play and/or preparing youth/new players to contact.

Part 1. Ball into Contact with Game   33:26 Free video

Dave starts with targeting the weak shoulder with the right steps. Keep your feet under you. Step and go forward straight. The best contact is no contact. Enjoy!


Part 2. Coaching the Contact Detail 11:21 Member content

Successful rugby coaching is not the placement of cones and use pads but the transfer of knowledge and gaining understanding. Dave Ellis (Ellisrugby), gets into the detail to progress his Takapuna Grammar 2nd XV players into contact. Watch as Dave, ex Blues, Connacht and Bristol coach, expertly uses a range of communication techniques to explain the what and why to help players successfully achieve the how. What Dave says is important. How Dave says it is more important. How the players react is most improtant.

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Part 3. Ball presentation 9:09 Member content

Score the try and present the ball long is key to delivering good ball at the Breakdown. Dave Ellis finishes his Breakdown series with the Takapuna Grammar 2nd XV emphasising the key steps in placing the ball ‘Long’ when tackled. Long placement away from the opposition is ideal, fight to score the try, body height down into contact. Coaches deliver clear messages and a clear understanding of what you are trying to achieve.

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Course Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Duration 53:56
Topics Breakdown
Applicable to Coaches   Others  
Languages English

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Course reviews

Superb transfer of detailed skill learning into game. Enjoying taking the time to extend my learning through these videos.

Chris Hill House School Doncaster


Like the progressions, then thetransfer into a game


Love it. Great points on taking contact.


As someone who is deaf and hard of hearing, it would be great and a lot easier to understand if closed captioning was available on every video.


Great activities, I realised that sometimes my message has not been clear, thanks Dave.


Great drills!


Very skilful

New Zealand

Very simple but very relevant Rey well presented


Great session especially for use in the current environment. Simple with good progressions.

Great Britain & Northern Ireland

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