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Develop in-season fitness

THE SEASON is here and the hard work isn’t over, writes John Dams. Don’t get stuck in the gym doing things you’re good at; get on the pitch and WORK…

jack-knife

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…

Wrestle

Wrestling drills for rugby

WRESTLING DRILLS are a great conditioning tool for rugby and help to bring a competitive edge to training. Rugby World fitness editor John Dams, Harlequins’ head of strength and conditioning, suggests…

spinpass

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…

offloading

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…

dummy pass

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…

switch practice

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…

conditioning

Build up your strength

HERE'S HOW to make strength gains to benefit you throughout next season, writes John Dams. It’s also time to do some more intense conditioning, and add volume to your training.…

How to perform the Rufus Complex

How to perform the Rufus Complex

RUGBY WORLD fitness editor and Harlequins’ head of strength and conditioning John Dams recommends this modified barbell circuit, featuring a number of different lifts, for adding variety to your training regime.…

Wilkinson masterclass

A masterclass from Jonny Wilkinson

JONNY WILKINSON took time out from his hectic schedule to hold a masterclass with two up-and-coming players in Toulon over the summer. Wales U20 lock Matthew Screech and England U16…