Guildford Rugby Club

Under 15's Junior Development Pathway

Age Group: Under 15's

LTAD Stage: Training to Train

Train/ Match:  60:40

Window of Optimal Trainability (Focus of athletic training)

VERY IMPORTANT – Be sensitive to the physical changes in the players (not all the same) as this effects training
Player positions may change as they develop
MORE structured games / encourage free thinking.

Overall Coaching Approach

Develop physical capacities (esp. Aerobic conditioning)
Develop Speed & specialisation of Rugby SKILLS.

Player Capacities

(Consolidate and develop previous age skills)


Consolidate & Develop Individual skills / Intro to new skills / cont. Develop tackling (Key element / safety)


  • Avoid contact
  • Swerve
  • HAND OFF (Full)
  • Change of pace
  • Sidestep

Handling skills

  • Ball in two hands
  • Decision making – Creating & Preserving space
  • Switch pass
  • Spin pass.

Contact Skills

  • Fine tune tackling skills
  • Falling and placing the ball
  • Passing from ground & out or around tackle.
  • Getting back to your feet – re-join game.
  • Gain possession in tackle


  • Full Maul.
  • Ball carrier – Strong base & protect ball
  • Support Players – Body position/drive, secure and deliver ball.
  • Defenders – secure ball & player / drive.


  • Full ruck. Ball carrier – Ball presentation.
  • Support players – Protect ball carrier & secure ball.
  • Tackler – release, regain feet & contest.
  • Create Ruck to maintain continuity (Speed).


  • Full
  • Fully contested
  • Attack & Defence strategy.


  • Uncontested
  • lifting permitted
  • Game strategy from Lineout.

Backline attack – Multiple phases in match conditions.

  • Penetration – Positioning, Alignment & identification of space
  • Angle of run & timing of pass
  • Players be aware of formal role in a pattern

Backline defence (Prevent penetration through defensive line / attempt to regain possession.

  • Alignment / move forward / React to threat / TACKLE / Support

Kicking & Catching

  • Attack, Defence & KO strategies.

Laws / Ethics

  • Understand the rules & Laws of 15s
  • Personal responsibility for behaviours and actions


  • Full 15s
  • Tactical awareness
  • Develop positional specific skills
  • Understand Games plan
  • Effective set piece play.

Principles (Team play)

  • ADD PRESSURE to principle of play
  • Go Forward / Continuity / Decision making / Team

Fundamental skills – Increasingly positional specific, as play finds their position. It can change.

Mobility & Power

Speed & acceleration

Strength (Window – 12months after growth spurt slows) – keep to body weight only at this age




Concentration on key tasks & factors

Goal setting (personal)

Lifestyle/ Personal

Independent thinking


Life balance (Coping with pressure)

Acceptance of structure & discipline

Law Variations- Under 15's

Players per side: 15

Max pitch size: 100 x 70

Minutes per half: 35

Max game time per day: 90

Additional variations: 90

Coaching tips: Be aware of early developers (growth spurt / PHV), as training may need to be adjusted slightly / Concentrate on Building the engine and rugby Skills (Inc. Team play) / REMEMBER TO KEEP IT FUN and treat them like young adults, as players will start to be tempted away from Rugby.

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