Rugby: Steps to Success / Edition 2

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This book provides all the fundamentals, position-specific techniques and key tactics needed to be a winner in rugby union competition. Authors from England's Rugby Football Union provide the expert instruction and special insights to get an edge on the opponent. Loaded with 74 drills and 176 illustrations, Rugby: Steps to Success is the sport's perfect learning and practice tool. Step by step, players will develop and refine basic individual skills, and then will move on to execute intermediate-level team tactics.
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"An extremely well documented book, with systemic steps to develop rugby -An invaluable resource for the developing rugby coach and supporter."

Les Cusworth
Assistant Coach, England Rugby Union Team

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736081733
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/30/2009
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 217
  • Sales rank: 589,629
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Biscombe has more than 25 years of Rugby Union coaching experience. As a member of staff of the Rugby Football Union (RFU), his assignments have included coaching in France, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Japan, the West Indies, and Germany. In his current role as Divisional Technical Administrator for the RFU, Biscombe evaluates coaches working at all levels of the Game, helps to develop elite youth players and provides technical support and resources for the England team.

Tony Biscombe lives in Leeds, England, with his wife, Larraine, and their two children, James and Zoe. Biscombe enjoys sports in general, golf in particular, and gardening with his wife.

Peter Drewett was a physical education, exercise, and sports science lecturer at the University of Exeter. He is an RFU Senior Coach and also the RFU National Student Development Officer. He has played and coached rugby at various club, county, divisional, and international levels and has coached players ranging from those in school to senior internationals. With Tony Biscombe, Drewett developed the "Supercoach" CD-ROM: a rugby teaching and coaching aid, the first software package of its kind and one that has been praised for both its content and its design.

Drewett's home is in Exeter, England. In his leisure time, Drewett enjoys exercising to stay fit and healthy, and having fun with his children, Tom, Oliver and Megan.

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Table of Contents

The Steps to Success Staircase
The Game of Rugby Union 1
Step 1 Ball Handling: Maintaining Possession Starts Here 8
Step 2 Passing and Receiving: Gaining the Attacking Edge 17
Step 3 Footwork: Beating Your Opponent 35
Step 4 Tackling: Attack Without Possession 45
Step 5 Kicking: Achieving an Advantage 52
Step 6 Contact: Controlling Continuity 66
Step 7 The Front Five: The Providers 79
Step 8 The Middle Five: The Users 99
Step 9 The Back Five: The Finishers 123
Step 10 Mini-Units: Attacking in Small Groups 136
Step 11 Tactics and Strategies: Understanding the Game 141
Rating Your Progress 151
Glossary 154
About the Authors 159
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