Master the skills, master the game. Rugby: Steps to Success covers all of the skills, tactics and strategies you need to improve your play and dominate the pitch.
With 13 progressive instructional steps, you’ll learn all aspects of the game. Detailed descriptions, illustrations and photo sequences demonstrate the essential skills, including footwork, ball handing, tackling and kicking. Then practice and improve with 90 drills, each featuring a personal scoring system to gauge and accelerate your progress.
After mastering the individual skills, you’ll learn to apply them in match play. From retaining possession to attacking the opposition’s weaknesses, you’ll learn the strategies to dominate the pitch.
Become a complete player and lead your team to victory. As part of the popular Steps to Success Sports Series—with more than 1.5 million copies sold worldwide—Rugby: Steps to Success will elevate your performance to new heights in all facets of the game.
Climbing the Steps to Rugby Success
The Sport of Rugby Union
Key to Diagrams
Step 1 Ball Handling
Step 2 Footwork
Step 3 Tackling
Step 4 Kicking
Step 5 Contact
Step 6 Mini-Units in Attack
Step 7 Mini-Units in Defence
Step 8 The Front Five
Step 9 The Middle Five
Step 10 The Back Five
Step 11 Team Attack
Step 12 Team Defence
Step 13 Strategies and Tactics
About the Authors
Tony Biscombe was already a very experienced rugby teacher and
coach of 25 years when he joined the Rugby Football Union (RFU) as a
development officer for the North of England in 1989. In this role, he
traveled extensively, taking on a variety of coaching assignments for
In 1997 he was recruited by Sir Clive Woodward to the England Management
Team as the technical support manager, where he provided video analysis
and statistical support to the coaches and players on the England squad.
In 2005 he had the same role with the British and Irish Lions in New
His career with England spanned 10 years, 123 Internationals and 3 Rugby
World Cups. In 2003 he was part of the back-room staff of the England
team that won the Rugby World Cup in Australia. The defeat by South
Africa in the Cup final of 2007 was his last game, and he retired from
his role on December 31 of the same year. He lives in Leeds with his
wife, Larraine, and close to his grown-up children, James and Zoe.
Peter Drewett is the England Students Team Manager for the rugby
team. He is a former director of rugby and head coach for the Exeter
Chiefs. He is an RFU senior coach and was the England U21 manager,
winning the Six Nations Grand Slam in 2004 and 2006. He has played and
coached rugby at various club, county, divisional and international
levels. With Tony Biscombe, Drewett developed the Supercoach
CD-ROM, a rugby teaching and coaching aid and the first software package
of its kind. The product has been praised for its content and design. He
also developed the Tag Rugby resources and introduced the non-contact
version of rugby in the early 1990s with Nick Leonard.
Peter was previously an exercise and sport science lecturer at the
University of Exeter. He lives in Sidmouth, England, with his partner
Jenny and has four children, Tom, Olly, Megan and Richie. In his spare
time he enjoys exercising to stay fit and healthy.