Specialist Skills

Specialist Skills - making the game work!

The downloads below are available to aid coaches and teachers develop players' individual skills. The specialist skills, outlined below, are vital to making the game of Rugby Union work, e.g. if a hooker cannot throw the ball in effectively, then it is unlikely that their team will consistently win possession at the lineout.

Lineout Throw - Lineout throw technique (pdf), Flat throw activity (pdf), Target throw activity (pdf), Throw with stick activity (pdf), Straight up throw activity (pdf), Straight up throw swiss ball activity (pdf), 45 degree throw swiss ball activity (pdf), Swiss ball kneeling activity (pdf). 

Lineout Jump & Support Pivot lift activity (pdf), Split stance partner lift activity (pdf), Straight up jump activity (pdf), Pod of 3 activity (pdf), 3v3 pod activity (pdf), 4 cone movement activity (pdf).

Kicking Out of Hand - kick technique (pdf), Kicking in pairs (pdf), Single file kicking for partner (pdf), Single file kicking on the move (pdf), Kick tennis (pdf), Kick tennis with counter attack (pdf), Tactical kicking game 3v3 (pdf).

Scrum Individual scrum technique (pdf), 1v1 scrum (pdf), 1v1 elevator (pdf), 1 v sled/machine (pdf), 1v2 scrum (pdf), Team of 2 v sled/machine (pdf), Team of 3 v sled/machine (pdf),  Team 3v3 (pdf), 3v3 front row (pdf), 5v5 scrum with progressions (pdf).

The 1st Receiver The role of the 1st receiver in attacking team play (pdf), Games & activities to develop the 1st receiver (pdf).

Specialist Skills Programme

Specialist skills sessions are delivered on a regional basis to players involved in Scottish Rugby's national age grade programme. Players are coached position specific skills by specialist coaches, compromising of regional and national representative, as we all Scotland national team coaches.

Club and school coaches are welcome to attend any of the sessions below for their own CPD.

These sessions will provide you with information on technical and tactical components of the game, with particular reference to scrum, lineout, throwing, kicking, counter attack, handling, tackling and defence.

No registration is required to attend these session. Please turn up on the night and observe the sessions.

If you would like further information then please contact Eddie.Pollock@sru.org.uk (Specialist Skills Coordinator).


National Specialist Skills Programme 2014-15 Dates

Edinburgh: BT Murrayfield 6.30-8.00pm

Caledonia: Stirling County & Aberdeen Sports Village 6.30-8.00pm

Glasgow: Lochinch 6.30-8.00pm

Borders: Netherdale 4G 6.30-8.00pm

JulyMonday 28th JulyMonday 21st JulyMonday 14th July 
AugustMonday 25th AugustMonday 18th AugustMonday 11th AugustMonday 4th August
SeptemberMonday 22nd SeptemberMonday 15th SeptemberMonday 8th SeptemberMonday 1st September
OctoberMonday 20th OctoberMonday 13th OctoberMonday 6th OctoberMonday 29th September
NovemberMonday 17th NovemberMonday 10th NovemberMonday 3rd NovemberMonday 27th October
DecemberMonday 15th DecemberMonday 8th DecemberMonday 1st DecemberMonday 24th November
JanuaryMonday 2nd FebruaryMonday 26th JanuaryMonday 19th JanuaryMonday 12th January
FebruaryMonday 2nd MarchMonday 23rd FebruaryMonday 16th FebruaryMonday 9th February
MarchMonday 30th MarchMonday 23rd MarchMonday 16th MarchMonday 9th March


CPD Opportunities in the West

All these session will be at Lochinch (6:30pm – 8:30pm), to register please contact Andrew Douglas, Coach Development Officer for the West of Scotland at Andrew.Douglas@sru.org.uk 




Mon 30th June

U18 Scrum & Back line attack

U20 Skills

Mon 7th July

U16 Front 5

U20 Skills

Mon 14th July

National Skills – Defence/Scrum/Scrum Half/Kicking

Mon 21st July

U18 Defence

Girls Skills

Mon 28th July

U18 Lineout & Kick strategy

U20 Skills

Mon 4th August


U20 Skills

Mon 11th August

National Skills – Attack/Lineout/Scrum Half/Kicking

Mon 18th August

U18 Prep (U17 Match v Ulster 22nd)

Girls Skills

Mon 25th August

U18 Prep (U18 Match v Ulster 29th)

U20 Skills


CPD Opportunities in Caledonia

Monday 14th, 21st, 28th July & August 4th at Strathmore RFC, Forfar 10am-3pm

Tuesday 15th, 22nd, 29th July & August 5th at Highland RFC, Inverness 10am-3pm

Wednesday 16th, 23rd, 30th July & August 6th at Stirling County RFC 10am-3pm

Thursday 17th, 24th, 31st July & August 7th at Kings Link, Aberdeen 10am-3pm


At these sessions coaches will have the opportunity to observe the regional coaches deliver material on developing game understanding, specialist skills, speed development, and cross training (use of wrestling, boxing etc.)


Coaches can drop in for part of sessions or whole days, to register please contact James Wade, Coach Development Officer for the East of Scotland at James.Wade@sru.org.uk