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Defence Alignment - HS and A with Rodney So'oialo

Ex All Black and Hurricanes captain Rodney So'oialo is with the Wellington College (NZ) under 15s working on their defensive structure during phase play.

Part 1. Alignment, Connection & Line Speed in Defence   11:07 Member content

Defence is not just a job for the BIG players. Everyone has to contribute to the defence system.

Communication, connection, correct alignment and line speed .

A team that defends together needs to stay together.

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Part 2. Reacting & Adjusting to get Alignment in Defence 6:20 Member content

Rodney works with the players to react and align to different attack structures.

Off the ground.

Get into position to make a tackle.

Identify who you have lined up.

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Course Part 1, Part 2
Duration 18:40
Topics Defence Youth Coaching
Applicable to Coaches   Players  
Languages English

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Course reviews

Excellent explanation.


Very simple and very good and well explained.


simple and easy to understand, great drill!


Just goes to show there is a lot more to line speed that people think. Good stuff


Lovely drill, good way to learn how to create a defensive overlap


This is a great drill well explained and covers most of the forwards D work, well done Rodney

New Zealand

Great video on defence and alignment

South Africa

Great video for getting the defence and attack well positioned and using their speed to either pressure the attack


Comprehensive to understand and perfect for youth teams.


Great video breaking down defence in small tangible pieces.

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