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Pre Match Warm Up Series with The Rugby Site

Rugby is a unique contact sport with a range of different skills required. What is the best way and drills to use to prepare for a match? This series provides a number of drills to use at any level to get players minds and bodies ready for the match.

Part 1. Defensive Warm Up Drill   6:23 Free video

In this video, Alex O’Dowd’s coaching partner at Nottingham Neil Fowkes introduces the Defensive Line Speed and Tackle warm-up.


Part 2. Pre-Match Warm Up - Goal Line Defence Drill 3:42 Free video

In this video, we continue our match warm up series featuring drills to get you game ready.

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Part 3. Run Catch and Pass Warmup 4:18 Free video

This week we continue our match warm up series featuring Catch and Pass drills to get you ‘game’ ready with Nottingham coach Alex O’Dowd. Enjoy!

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Part 4. Run Catch and Pass Warmup Juniors 10:41 Free video

A great warm up drill for young and new players at training and prior to their game. This week, we feature Hamish Webb (our UK Rugby Site Rugby Manager), at our UK clinic with the Hackney Rugby Club.

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Part 5. Pre-Match Reaction Warm-ups 4:34 Member content

In this video, Phil Greening at his superb Athlete Factory Chester facilities, is working on some pre-match Reaction Ready drills. Enjoy!

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Part 6. Pre Match Primers 13:16 Free video

In this video, ex Connacht, Bath and Bristol S&C coach Paul Bunce illustrates that the primers are about quality not quantity.
Pre match primers are about warming up the mind and the body ready for the game.

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Course Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6
Duration 29:38
Topics Youth Coaching Warm Up
Applicable to Coaches   Sevens  
Languages English

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Course reviews

Love the reaction warm up’s, adds fun prior to a match. Will try that next game.


Good drills Verry helpful

New Zealand

Good warmup drills, great for helping players switch to match mode.

New Zealand

Very Helpful

South Africa

Great repetition drill. Will use for our juniors.

Great Britain & Northern Ireland

loved the prompt about, ‘let the ball do the work’ on the overs line. gold, using it!

New Zealand

Great warm up for kids.

South Africa

Nice and simple but effective ….

New Zealand

Great game related drills i will use them

South Africa

Excellent simple drills, I will use them.


Great drill for Pick defence. Has to be a chop first tackle to stop the momentum.


Really like the drill and will introduce it in my pre-match warm up

South Africa

Great warm up drill !


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