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Defence Session Plan - Y with The Rugby Site

At a youth level players are required to understand defense systems, tracking and opposite player alignment and realignment after phase play. Working in a team structure becomes an important part of the defence system as the speed of play increases.

Part 1. Defence Line Integrity for Youth Players   7:31 Member content

Start the session with players learning and understanding Defence Line Integrity with ex All Black and World Cup winning coach and Defence master, Sir Graham Henry. Players get warmed up plus are getting the heads into the Defence System mindset.

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Part 2. Defence Structure 12:55 Member content

British and Irish and England lock Courtney Lawes presents an excellent session for youth player defensive structure development.
It takes players through a number of defensive systems and structures, outlining where each player has to go and what responsibilities they each have for their role.

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Part 3. Defensive Realignment 6:20 Member content

Finish the session with ex All Black Rodney So’oialo’s Realignment drill incorporating the ball with defence engagement to the contact stage.
It gives players a chance to put the skill’s learnt from Courtney’s session in practice.

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Course Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Duration 26:46
Topics Session Plans
Applicable to Coaches  
Languages English

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