Smart Rugby Program

Smart Rugby concentrates on the aspects of Rugby identified as being responsible for injuries and recommends best practice to achieve effective, safe Rugby. At each course participants run through the following 2.5 hour program. As a coach its see as mandatory that you cover these elements in your training sessions throughout the season. 



Introduction to Playing Smart


10-15 mins

Technical Program

Balance and Stability

10 mins


Tackle and Tackle Law

35-40 mins


Support at the Ruck and Maul

10-15 mins


Scrum - Basic Safety

10-20 mins


Mayday Procedure

5-10 mins


Lineouts and Restarts

10-15 mins


Foul Play

5 mins

Injury Management

5 mins

Conclusion and Question Time

5 mins

Sign Off and Administration

10 mins


To support coaches throughout the season the ARU has created a SmartRugby Checklist (located at the back of your SmartRugby booklet). 

The face-to-face course ensures that all coaches and referees are upskilled in the correct techniques to develop confidence in contact amongst their participants. Coaches are required to cover this material in on-field sessions to players prior to the commencement of each season. Referees are required to understand the material and apply to the management of all games.

The techniques learnt are built into regular training and playing throughout the season, so that SmartRugby becomes an integral part of coaching and refereeing at your club, school or association.  



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