One Defender, 2 Defender defence drill


This defensive drill works on a number of  the core defensive skills as well as getting your defenders working together as  part of a defensive unit. This drill will also work on player fitness when done  continually for a set number of minutes. Communication in this one is a must to get the line pushing together.


This is a drill that can de carried out in  a really confined space with anything from 4 to 8 or 10 defenders depending on  the number of tackle shields you have available.

Tight 6 Ruck defense system


The tight 6 ruck defence is one way of structuring your team to defend around the ruck. It relies on communication and speed from the 2 defenders either side of the ruck. This defensive system is described in the 'Laying the Foundations' E book available for download from the site. Click Ebooks on the menu for more information. [private]

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You require a play the ball situation with a runner either side, 2 markers and then some defenders who start outside of the grid.

To start the drill, the 1st marker puts the ball carrier on the floor and waits for a held call. At that point the defenders must get around the cones and set themselves together with the markers.

The ball carrier gets up and play the ball and the AHB hits one of the runners, the first marker moves across towards the man receiving the pass and the second marker steps up inline with him. As the ball is played the 4 defenders move up to create a wall with the 2 markers.


Plenty for you to look for with this one, communication is key.

Correct play the ball

Markers working correctly

Make sure the defenders do not cross each other. [/private]