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Defence Session Plan - A with The Rugby Site

As the level of play increases the intensity builds on a teams Attack pattern and Defence systems. Ex All Black and World Cup winning coach Sir Graham Henry presents this advanced session plan outlining defence requirements from initial line integrity to different set piece and phase play scenarios.

Part 1. Line Integrity Warm up   7:31 Member content

At every level it all starts with Line Integrity.
Start the session with sir Graham’s Line Integrity – reinforcing players understanding of their role position and connection with each other.
Players will need this understanding as the session builds.

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Part 2. 1 on 1 Tracking 3:41 Member content

Before going into specific set piece and phase, work on players individual speed and alignment with All Black 7s and ex London Irish coach Clarke Laidlaw’s 1 to 1 tracking.

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Part 3. Defence when down on Numbers 5:12 Member content

Expand out from the 1 on 1 scenarios to situations where numbers are down.
Ted explains how players can defend when out-numbered on attack.

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Part 4. Defence from a Lineout 4:48 Member content

Start with the lineout set piece. Sir Graham Henry presents different lineout defence options.

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Part 5. Defence from a Scrum 8:19 Member content

Move onto the Scrum defence with Sir Graham explaining the different options.

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Course Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5
Duration 29:31
Topics Session Plans
Applicable to Coaches  
Languages English

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Course reviews

nope more videos I cannot watch


Por favor, subtitular en español esta serie de videos defensivos. Gracias.


en realidad no lo he podido ver bien , pues tiene cortes de señal Seria bueno que tuviera subtitulados en castellano , para entender mejor los analisis de entrenadores


Good line defence

New Zealand

Comprehensive display of how to maintain a solid defensive structure in different aspects of play. Most enjoyable, I will definitely use it during my coaching sessions.


Awesome tips …


Love this! This is part of my training cannon from now on.


Great video.

South Africa

excellent content. simple and clear explanations.

South Africa

Very good tips

New Zealand

A really good demonstration how Ted makes it all so simple, things I will definitely use.


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