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4 Week Periodisation Plan with Dave Ellis

Ellisrugby Skills coach Dave Ellis has produced a 4 week Preseason Periodisation Plan to follow and get your team game ready.

Part 1. Week 1 Session Plan   4:15 Member content

Week 1 focus is Catch and Pass, Ball Carry and Modified games. Build Fitness in the players. Handling a ball again. Get moving in the right directions.

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Part 2. Week 2 Session Plan 4:05 Member content

Week 2 focus is about building attack structure and team cohesion. Enjoy!

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Part 3. Week 3 Session Plan 4:10 Member content

Week 3 focus is about increasing the intensity and shifting toward the more combative sides of the game, carry/contact, tackle, jackal etc. Enjoy!

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Part 4. Week 4 Session Plan 4:14 Member content

This week Dave identifies the key areas teams should be looking at going into game week. Enjoy!

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Course Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
Duration 16:44
Topics Conditioning Youth Coaching
Applicable to Coaches   Others   Supporters and fans  
Languages English

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Course reviews

Vital information for return to play programs divided in terms of weeks. Could really help coaches to track progress of their teams.

New Zealand

The four week Periodisation Plan is an excellent preparation programme to follow, as it covers all the key ingredients within the game. In fact, in its own way it is almost as detailed as Mendeleev’s Periodic Table where everything is atomised to it’s lowest unit of measurement before building them up to make accurate and effective ball skills and game plays! With the wealth of drills and guidelines you have on your Website it is possible to vary the level of complexity to suite the needs of your players and the standard of rugby they play.


Very good-making a pre season plan seem easy.


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New Zealand

Getting back into training in this progressive way really helps (re)develop those skills all too easily lost when not using them. Starting with the fundamentals allows players to measure how well they improve throughout the session.


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