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Breakdown Session Plans - Y with The Rugby Site

This session plan is targeted for young players either new to the game or encounter contact and the Breakdown in a game for the 1st time. The Breakdown is unique to and a fundamental part of rugby and should be enjoyed and not feared. This session will help young players learn to engage the Breakdown correctly and safely with positive results.

Part 1. Breakdown Starts with the Core   4:55 Member content

Ex Rugby Site Manager and Otago coach Ben Herring’s emphasis is on good basic technique, and enjoyment, for coaches to follow, with new players and new coaches to use.
Core strength is a key element in building a strong platform at the breakdown. It also helps protect the kids at the breakdown engagement.

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Part 2. Breakdown - Introducing Contact 6:46 Member content

Watch Ben introduce young players into contact and explain how it’s possible for them to be powerful through contact.
Young players enjoy the feeling of being able to push other players away to gain possession.

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Part 3. Ball Carry and Placement 4:47 Member content

Rugby Site Founder Brendon Ratcliffe expertly explains the key techniques for young players to retain possession when carrying the ball into contact and placing the ball when going to ground.
Winning the breakdown is fundamental to winning a rugby game.

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Part 4. Clear Out 7:44 Member content

Your ball carrier has successfully taken the ball into contact, now The Rugby Site founder, Brendon Ratcliffe shows how to dominate the clear out.

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Course Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
Duration 31:15
Topics Breakdown Session Plans Youth Coaching
Applicable to Coaches  
Languages English

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Course reviews

Great 3 steps for entering the breakdown for youngsters


Great informative plan for our U11’s thanks.


First video and very simple and straight forward. Excellent for my team and good coaching pointers for me.

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