Using a game-like training activity has many benefits including enhanced conditioning, intensity, and improvements in decision-making.  The more game-like changes are added to traditional drills, the closer training sessions come to mirroring what actually happens in a rugby match.  Practice how you play! 

 Three types of games we can use while training:

  1. Small-sided games – Small sides, fast action, defense and attack
  2. Conditioned games – Isolate skills with constrained rules
  3. Game situations – Game-like situations to test skills under pressure

Advantages of coaching using games:

  • Match-like
  • Decision-making
  • Complementary
  • Skills based
  • Diversity
  • Problem solving
  • Fitness
  • Motivation
  • Repetition
  • Competition
  • Team building
  • Full on activity