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Non Contact Session Plans - Breakdown with The Rugby Site

The purpose of this series is provide coaches with a series of off season session plans you can use to develop players skills, have some fun, build player fitness and all non contact. All these sessions can be done anywhere on a pitch or even at the beach. This plan focuses on the Breakdown

Part 1. Warm up   5:07 Member content

Ex All Black's 7s Conditioning coach Keith Roberts gets this session underway with a fitness drill to warm the players up. Ball in hand and stretching the legs.

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Part 2. Lower Body Core 6:02 Member content

Ex TRS Rugby Manager and Otago coach Ben Herring takes you through some simple lower body core movements that help you prepare for getting stuck into a breakdown. It is harder than it looks! Play video

Part 3. Upper Body Core and Stealing the Ball 8:05 Member content

Ex TRS Rugby Manager and Otago coach Ben Herring moves onto upper body core movements for getting stuck into a breakdown especially 'stealing the ball'. Play video

Part 4. Breakdown Primer Work 6:19 Member content

Hawkes Bay coach Josh Syms shares his innovative ideas around developing breakdown skills. This is all about preparing the body for the Breakdown. Uniquely, Josh has premier and schoolboy men's and women's players at this session. So it is suitable for all ages and men's and women's players. Play video

Part 5. Elimination Touch 10:29 Member content

Get the players off the ground and finish off the session with a game of Salty's Elimination Touch. Have the players passing the ball around and having some fun. You and/or the players can be modifying the rules as you go along. Play video

Course Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5
Duration 36:02
Topics Youth Coaching Session Plans
Applicable to Coaches  
Languages English

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Course reviews

Great primers Great progressions which lead into lower and upper body breakdown mechanics


Dig like a dog is great analogy for player focus


All very good material I shall use it.


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