It should not be viewed in isolation but rather in conjunction with the IRFU's Long Term Player Development Programme and in support of the Coaching Pathway.
- Rugby is enjoyed most when play is continuous as part of the game, not a series of stop-start drills
- Small-sided games (four v two, five v three, five v five etc) allow players to put the skills learned into practice, to be active and involved
- Players also need the challenge of understanding which skill or technique to select and apply not just how to perform it
- Only through conditioned practices and small-sided games do players make decisions and develop greater understanding of the game
- Small-sided games also allow the coach develop a critical eye so that he/she can identify skills and techniques in need of attention
- The coach can then question the players so that they work out solutions
- Where necessary, the coach can run a coaching activity to improve the technique or skill required before returning to the game. This is known as the whole - part - whole approach
To find out more about IRFU coaching programmes or for further support in your role as a coach, please contact your local Coach Development Officer.