Mini Rugby

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Minis: How to play Circle King

LAST MONTH we featured the sumo version of King of the Ring, where two players work to push the ball-carrier out of the ring, or steal the ball from him.…

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Minis: How to play King of the Ring

THE ENGLAND women’s team play King of the Ring as part of their training and it’s just as suitable for young minis wanting a bit of rough and tumble as…

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Minis: How to play golden glove

NO, THIS isn’t a boxing match! Golden glove is a mini passing Olympics designed to test and improve youngsters’ handling skills. And just like last month’s golden boot, players relish…

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Minis: How to play golden boot

IT’S A natural urge for young boys to put boot to ball, so indulge them by letting them play golden boot! It’s an excellent way for players to improve their…

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Minis: How to play kick pass

THIS IS a fantastic skills-enhancing game that John Fletcher, England’s U17 and U18 head coach, uses in a lot of his training sessions. Most coaches discourage, or even ban, kicking…

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Step-By-Step Guide: Jack-Knife Roll

IT’S VERY frustrating for a player to present the ball perfectly on the floor – only for an opponent to steal it before one of his own team-mates arrives on…

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Step-By-Step Guide: Spin Pass

PASSING AND catching are two of rugby’s core skills, so it’s vital that young players understand that they are passing to team-mates who want to catch the ball, not drop…

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Step-By-Step Guide: How to Offload

OFFLOADING IS not an easy skill to master, but get it right and your team will score some sensational tries. Never throw a wild pass or give the ball away…

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Step-By-Step Guide: Selling A Dummy

SELLING A dummy – pretending you’re about to pass but then keeping the ball yourself – is a great trick to have in your locker. “There’s no better feeling than…

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Step-By-Step Guide: Switch Pass

A SWITCH is an easy skill to master and a great way to beat a defender, especially out wide. If your attack is running out of space, and the touchline…