Where next?

This section is designed to support players to progress and stay in Rugby as a player, coach, referee, administrator, volunteer or fan in joining teams, clubs, communities and national Unions.

For the coach

What are your objectives as a coach?
  • Is it to get more players joining your squad?
  • Is it to link with other teams to play regular games?
  • Do you want to start a league?
  • Do you want to start a Rugby club?

If the answer to most of these questions is YES, then what follows is a possible development route for you to consider and follow.

It should be clear, however, that these are not the only options available to you. Your national Union may be in a position to give you the help and advice you need without you having to follow these suggestions.

Certainly, you should consult the Union over your plans and ask them for help in co-ordinating fixtures against other teams.

There are a number of ways to keep players interested and turning up for training. The key is always to make training enjoyable and this is best done by continually challenging the players in new and interesting ways.

The route you choose may be as follows:

  • 7-a-side Rugby growing to…
  • 10-a-side Rugby growing to…
  • 12-a-side Rugby growing to…
  • 15-a-side Rugby (the full game)

Each of these games can be played with different Laws in place:

  • Touch (where a 'tackle' is made by a two-handed touch on the waist of the ball carrier)
  • Tag (where tags are worn by players and a 'tackle' made by removing a tag)
  • or Contact Rugby

As coach, you will have to make the decision of when to move from one game to another, and when to move from Touch to Tag, and from Tag to Contact. This will depend on the players that you are coaching and such factors as their age, physical size and ability.

Player welfare

Teachers and coaches delivering the Get Into Rugby modules should be familiar with the

Rugby Ready programme

and have completed the online exam before attending the

Get Into Rugby training course.

World Rugby has a dedicated player welfare web site that offers advice and information in a number of key areas.

Visit the World Rugby Player Welfare site

Building a squad

With more players in the team, you will need larger squads as you require replacements to come on in case of injury.

Many coaches make an early commitment to ensure that all players in a squad get some playing time at every match, even if they start as a replacement.

Your squad size could be:

  • 7-a-side: 3 forwards and 4 backs plus 3 reserves = 10 players in the squad
  • 10-a-side: 5 forwards and 5 backs plus 4 reserves = 14 players in the squad
  • 12-a-side: 6 forwards and 6 backs plus 5 reserves = 17 players in the squad
  • 15-a-side: 8 forwards and 7 backs plus 5 reserves = 20 players in the squad (see World Rugby Law 3)

By rotating players continually, you can ensure that players have fun, feel involved and continually develop.

Useful resources are available in the

Downloads section

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