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Breakdown Skills Series with Josh Syms

Watch Josh cover the topic of The Breakdown.

Part 1. Josh Syms Interview   18:47 Free video

Watch Josh Syms talk to our Producer, Warren about his background and insights. Enjoy!


Part 2. Breakdown Primer Work & Body Awareness 6:19 Member content

In this video, Josh covers skills with primer work and body awareness. Enjoy! Play video

Part 3. Attacking Ball Breakdown (Fog) Fight on the Ground 16:59 Member content

In this video, we hear from Josh as he starts introducing drills to help you develop the skill to win the 'fight' at the breakdown. Enjoy! Play video

Part 4. Defensive Breakdown Slowing & Stealing Ball 17:06 Member content

Watch Josh in his latest video on fight at the breakdown. Enjoy! Play video

Course Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
Duration 59:11
Topics Breakdown Coaches Corner Player Programme Youth Coach Skills and Drills
Applicable to Coaches   Players   Others   Supporters and fans  
Languages English

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Course reviews

Great stuff Cheers

New Zealand

Right up there with the very best coaches on this site


very considered and great detail. Drills are very relevant and ‘deliverable’


Absolutely chock full of articulate and useable drills to help with the breakdown. The u18s on Thursday will love It! Thank you, Josh.


Great… Will add trace as an extention to our hip pop drill… and add to our awareness of space drills at the breakdown… thanx…


This is a very clear demo which is easy to follow including fresh explanations as to what players can do more of to win or keep the ball…excellent thank you!


Very good, I enjoyed it and will use these techniques.


Very useful drills and clearly explained from Josh, will use at training tomorrow!


Fantastic session. Far too many young players want to present the ball too quickly rather than fight to provide good ball. THE most important player in a breakdown is the ball carrier.


Great videos tugbys still a simple game and creating relationships. great interveiw great mindset drills & primers . def knows his stuff around the contact area


Some good technical detail from Josh around the breakdown and good to see that he also identified safety points as well

Great Britain & Northern Ireland

Excellent presentation very clear and concise application of biomechanics to the breakdown


Excellent stuff, pitched at a good level for all standards of player to appreciate the message and some really handy coaching pointers


Muy pero muy buenos ejercicios hace mucho que no subían ejercicios de este tipo. Ojalá lo empiecen a hacer mas seguido. Los felicito !!!!


Very efficient drills for working on strong body position.


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