Rugby Training Equipment: What You Need to Train Like The Pros
If you have the right Rugby Training Equipment and use it correctly then you are going to get better at the game
Obviously, it helps if you know what you’re doing with it and know how to play the game as well
But not necessary as you can always learn something new
I have been a rugby coach for my local mini rugby team for the last 6 seasons now so I know what is needed to help progress the children in this great game we call RUGBY
This list isn’t about the Rugby Safety Equipment you should be wearing, it’s more about the equipment to improve your skills
Here is What Equipment You Will Need to Train
Firstly, You need coaches and children… That’s a good start
Rugby Training Equipment
We all know we couldn’t play without Ball’s
Get your mucky minds out of the gutter
I am of course talking about Rugby balls. There are different sizes for different age groups, as you get older you need bigger ball’s
So What Size Rugby Ball Should You Use?
U7s, U8s, U9s, U10s, and U11s all use a size 3 rugby ball
See More Size 3 Rugby Balls HERE
U12s, U13s, and U14s all use a size 4 rugby ball.
See More Size 4 Rugby Balls HERE
U15s, U16s, Youth, and Seniors all use a size 5 rugby ball.
See More Size 5 Rugby Balls HERE
Rugby Training Equipment by Age Groups
Starting off with the U7s age group
What is Needed to Train U7s Rugby?
- Belts & Tags
- Coloured Vests
Not much is needed apart from belts+tags, cones, a size 3 rugby ball, coloured vests, the imagination and enthusiasm of a 6yr old… And the patience of a saint!!!
See The U7s & U8s Rugby Rules Here
As much as I enjoyed starting off with this age group it sometimes got very difficult to control them, but then again, I am still with the same team 6 seasons on and they are still as hard to control… But only bigger
2. Training Cones
3. Belts &Tags
At this age group, there is no tackling, hence using the belts+tags
If the opposition takes one of your tags off the side of your belt that is around your waist, you have to regroup then the person with the ball needs to pass (behind him/her) then start again from the spot the tag was taken off and continue up the field to score a try
If the tag is removed 6 times, then the ball is given to the opposition, then they try to do the same
There are so many ways to teach the children the basics of rugby using very little equipment
The reason you need the coloured vests is to be able to put the children in different groups or teams and they will be able to understand which group they are in
Depending on what you will be teaching them
What is Needed to Train U8s Rugby?
- Belts & Tags
- Coloured Vests
Still using the same equipment as the u7s, belts+tags, cones, size 3 rugby ball and coloured vests
But you have to start teaching them a few tactical moves and still keep it fun to keep them interested in the game
The same rules apply in the game for this age group as well which I have explained above
U9s & Up
What is Needed to Train U9s Rugby & Over?
- Coloured Vests
- Tackle Bags
- Scrum Machine
- Kicking Tee
- Resistance Training Equipment
You still are going to need the cones and size 3 rugby ball until you get to U12s but now this is where it gets interesting
This is where they get to start tackling “officially”
The girls and boys are bigger now than last season
And they keep growing at a freakish rate each season so you don’t want them practicing on you
5. Tackle Bags
There are many different types of tackle bags you can use out there which are really good to help develop the children’s tackling technique
All these tackle bags are available in different sizes so that all age groups that tackle can benefit from them
6. Scrum Machine’s
For all the forwards out there his bit of rugby equipment is really useful if you want to practice scrums without injuring your teammates
A heavy-duty machine that simulates a scenario of a rugby scrum
I’m about 2 stone soaking wet so it would take about 40 of me to push this but a real proper rugby team scrum could push this no problem
7. Kicking Tee’s
Gone are the days where sand was used to prop up the rugby ball ready for conversions and with so many types of kicking tee’s out there I would be all day showing you them all
HERE IS JUST A COUPLE
What are rugby tee’s used for?
These are used to put the rugby ball on to get better leverage on the ball whilst kicking over the rugby posts for points
Watch this quick masterclass by Dave Aldred of how to kick off a rugby Tee
Kicking Tees of all shapes and sizes Right Here
8. Resistance Training Equipment
In order to get faster and fitter the obvious way would be running/jogging but with this piece of equipment, it can give you that extra bit of training rather than just carrying your own body weight.
This is a resistance harness that comes with different add-ons so you can use whichever one takes your fancy
It is worn over the shoulders and fitted around the waist so when you’re running it gives that extra weight pulling you back increasing your strength, fitness and speed whilst you’re not wearing it
Speed Training Equipment can really improve your game, Take a look how RIGHT HERE
Last But Not Least
9. First Aid Kit
This isn’t training equipment as such, but it is equipment that no age group, team or even sport should be without
That’s right… The trusty first aid kit is a must for any team in sports
I have seen my fair share of injuries since I have been coaching rugby so this has been an asset to have, that and the magic water and magic sponge, works every time!
See what first aid kit I would recommend here
I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and keep coming back for more ?
If you have any comments or feedback at all please feel free to do so below.
Also, if you think I have missed an important piece of rugby training equipment out I would love to hear about it