50 Ways to Score
Dear Rugby Coach,
A single, simple, well-executed move can turn a game.
But do you know the right moves to pick?
Buy my unique manual of try-scoring tactics and ways to coach them
and I guarantee your team will have solid and dependable firepower from set
Owning this resource will provide you with the material to
make it easy to allocate training time to backs plays.
All Black Runaround and Suicide (just two of the moves in the manual) will become
second nature to your team, along with Welsh Option,
Double Switch, Lomu, Bath, Aussie Loop and many more.
|They will be your secret weapons to unleash at critical
moments to surprise and outgun your opponents.
You will clinch matches that you otherwise would have lost and as a result you
will consistently improve your track record.
Based on years of
I'm Dan Cottrell, the author of
50 Great Backs Moves, created as the result of years of my own personal research and
I'm also the editor of Better Rugby Coaching, the weekly rugby
coaching email that you receive.
I was the UK's number 2 try scorer during the 91-92
season, with 31 first class tries.
I've played on the wing or full back for Exeter
University 1st XV, Clifton Rugby Club, English Universities, South West
Division, Bath, Gloucestershire, Bristol, Public School Wanderers and Surrey.
I dream moves for backs
I started analysing backs plays when I was 19. I have either scored, coached or seen a try scored from every one of those featured in
For instance, "Exeter" is a move I first used
as a student back in 1987, in a game against the Marines.
We ran the move from the halfway line and I was the lucky winger to receive the
ball. I shot through the gap before lining up their full back. It was a simple 2
v 1 and our own full back happily accepted my easy scoring pass.
We played with some trepidation that day
because the Marines are literally, muscles wise, very hard. As willowy students,
we were generally wary of getting too close to contact. However Exeter is best
performed close to contact, which certainly added something to the thrill of
Now you too can get your team scoring tries using
Click here to download
a free copy of the move from the new edition of
50 Great Backs Moves.
Click here to download "Exeter"
50 Great Backs Moves is designed to use
over and over again, ensuring great value for money.
Because it is so easy to use, this is a training aid
that delivers on the field and definitely won't stay on your shelf.
Each move is clearly displayed and explained in words and with three pictures,
taking you through the play from set up to execution.
The Move Finder guide allows you to select a move that suits the strengths of
your team, targets a weakness in the opposition, or exploits the particular
circumstances of the match.
Click here to download the Move Finder
There are moves to play your team
back into a game they are losing, attack weak individual opponents, use a strong number 12 or 13, or score from certain areas of the pitch.
You can even use the manual to identify ways to overcome an opponent's blitz or drift defensive system.
All the moves are divided into easy, medium and advanced for easy reference and
selection – you just have to use the ones that best suit your players.
For example, you could choose move 5 - RANGY 15 - to
bring your big 15 into the line to score under the posts. It's a great move
against a drift defence, particularly when you're right in the middle of their
Or the medium difficulty move 36 - LOMU - to exploit
their weaker number 12, particularly if 10 is your best ball
Alternatively, you could apply advanced difficulty move 46
- ENGLAND LOOP - which enables you to make the most of a strong blindside
Every coach will find the "perfect" moves for their team - whatever their level - in 50
Great Backs Moves.
Each move is set out in a user-friendly full-page A4 page
format and takes up the entire page, split into manageable sections.
There are now 3 clear diagrams with each move, showing the movements of the
ball and players, positions, dummy passes and runs, before and during the play.
In simple language, 50 Great Backs Moves explains who does what, and
highlights common mistakes that are made.
The commentary tells you when it is good to use a move, and
things for the players to think about at training and during a game.
You can print or photocopy as many copies of each move as you like and give them
to your players on the training ground.
Players can study the nuts and bolts on paper, increasing
their understanding before putting the theory into practice.
There's even a Player Sheet Template for your players to complete with your guidance,
to remind them throughout the season of their roles and responsibilities in team moves.
There's no need to save the copies - keep the manual on your
PC desktop and just print off more next time you practice the move (restricted
to use within a single organisation).
You can print off a different move for each training session.
Whether you have been coaching a professional side for years
or a group of beginners for a term, just a little extra effort in planning your
backs moves can reap dividends.
50 Great Backs Moves tells you where to apply
The 64 page manual includes a full explanation of all the terms used to
explain the moves, including "crash ball", "dummy switch", "flat ball", and
"running a triangle".
OVERS & UNDERS (P1)
10-12 SWITCH (S1)
MISS BEHIND (M1B)
MISS 12 PASS BACK
DUMMY SWITCH POP (DSP)
12-13 SWITCH (S2)
MISS 12 (M1)
MISS MISS (M3)
DUMMY POP (DSS)
RANGY POP/RANGY MISS
MISS 12 LOOP (M1 LOOP)
WING IN MISS 12 (M1 WING)
12 POP TO WING (T2)
12 TURN POP TO
WING (TURN T2)
MISS 12 (M1) DOUBLE LOOP
MISS 13 (M2)
10 LOOP (L1)
SPLIT HIT/SPLIT MISS
MISS 13–15 (M4)
MISS 12 DUMMY SWITCH POP (32)
DUMMY SWITCH MISS (DSM)
ALL BLACK RUNAROUND
DUMMY RANGY (RANGY 2)
10 DUMMY LOOP (L1 LOMU)
OPTION 10 LOOP
CRASH BACK 15
Think you know these moves already?
You may do, but research has shown that even the most common moves can yield little if they are not
executed in the best way.
Not only does 50 Great Backs Moves revisit the principles, but it also shows you how to subtly change a move to enhance its try-scoring ability. Remember, all these moves have scored
|The proof of any pudding is in the eating, so rather than me tell you why you should own
this manual, I'd prefer to let those who have used it tell you how they have benefited.
"Let's keep it to ourselves" – Garry Usher
"I'm almost frightened to give 50 Great Backs Moves a recommendation
because it is superb and a great aid for any coach, but if other coaches use it
they'll have all the advantages this book gives you at their disposal. A great
book, but let's keep it to ourselves!"
- Garry Usher, 1st XV Coach, Westcliff RUFC, Essex, England
"Thanks to these great moves we won the grand final" – Kas Kafoa
"I was coaching 2nd grade for two years, made semi final both years but didn't make the grand final. I
decided I needed more help in finding ways to score more tries, then came 50 GREAT BACKS MOVES. It was easy to implement because of it's
simplicity. The layout of the manual is outstanding, it makes so much sense. We
finished the year with best for and against thanks to these great moves and WON
THE GRAND FINAL. Thanks Dan."
- Kas Kafoa, Hawkesbury Valley Rugby Club, Windsor, NSW, Australia
"We won the open" – David McClean
"We used Dan's
50 Great Backs Moves in our recent Sunshine Coast Under 17's Rep
Sides Gold Coast Rugby Tournament and Brisbane Tens Festival and the proof is in
the pudding when we won the open Blue Division beating "Glenstall Abbey" from
Ireland in the final after knocking out teams from Singapore and others from New
Zealand. It was great to have a lot of pre-planned information that the guys
could see and understand. Thanks Dan, keep the great information coming."
- David M. Mclean JP, Coach, Under 17s Development Squad,
Sunshine Coast Breakers Junior Rugby Union, Sunshine Coast, Australia
"From 3 games we have managed to score 20 tries" – Tony King
"We have used some of these back moves in our season so far with excellent
results. From 3 games we have managed to score 20 tries, including some very
slick backline tries from set piece moves, so something must be working
- Tony King, Bedok Kings RFC, Singapore
"The results have been brilliant" – Jim McRobert
"50 Great Backs Moves has been used extensively in our
training sessions at Wensleydale Rugby Club – the results have been brilliant
especially in the junior section where they have been used on weekly coaching
sessions, easy to use and understand and brilliant to follow. Well worth a try."
- Jim McRobert, Coach Co-ordinator, Wensleydale RUFC, England
"Dan Cottrell's 50 Great Backs Moves has helped our club to triple its try count.
It has brought enjoyment to our backplay both in taking part and watching."
- Kevin Furey, Coach Co-ordinator, Unidare RFC, Dublin, Ireland
"Our most successful year in more than a decade" – Matt Johnston
"Newcastle University has benefited greatly from the
50 Great Backs Moves report in season 2005. The moves have been
shared from First grade to Fourth Grade including Under 20s and the Women's
team, and with inspiration from these moves, the University has had it's most
successful year in more than a decade with four of its six teams finishing in
finals contention, with the other two teams just missing out. I would recommend 50 Great Backs Moves to any coach looking for that extra
- Matt Johnston, Football Manager, University of Newcastle Rugby Club, Australia
"The boys get a huge amount of pleasure and excitement from being able to apply
the moves" – Patrick Cook
"Coaching 10 and 11 year old boys requires a simple and clear approach. 50 Great Backs Moves provides the opportunity to pick the
one or two moves that the boys can cope with at their level of development, and
have them set out in the clearest and simplest of terms. The boys get a huge
amount of pleasure and excitement from being able to apply the moves in their
matches, and as coaches we get a lot of credit for "coming up with the ideas."
- Patrick Cook, U10s Coach, Winscombe RFC, England
"I could not be happier with this purchase" – T. Scott Adamson
"50 Great Backs Moves" is a great tool for communicating
WHY a play should be called! Each play is detailed with:
1) Points to coach for execution
2) Why you would call the play based on personnel
3) What part of the pitch the play can be most successful
4) Easy to read and understand diagrams
I am continually learning more and better ways to use this tool to improve play
calling. Keep up the great work Coach Cottrell! I could not be happier with this
- T. Scott Adamson, Coach, Topeka Rugby Club, USA
"I love it" – Nancy Kechner
"I think it's well-organized, searchable, and really details what each
player needs to do to either create space or exploit space. I love it."
- Nancy Kechner, UVa Women's Rugby, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
"An excellent resource" – John Sherratt
"Being a coach from New Zealand, in particular Crusader-Canterbury
country where our standards are set reasonably high, I have been very impressed
with all the information that Dan, you and the team delivers, so keep up the
good work. As a backs coach (both of club and representative teams) I found the 50 Great Backs Moves an excellent tool to use to give
variety to the backlines I have been coaching. With the way the game is today,
the backlines I coach and the backlines my teams play against most of the moves
used are very similar therefore not only is there a focus on executing the moves
properly but you also look at ways of stopping the said moves if they are used
against you. What I have found is that I can either use a move as described in
your document or I can modify the move to suit the skill level of the backline I
am coaching to gain a significant edge over the backline we are playing against.
Dan, what you and the team provide, especially the 50 Great Backs Moves, is an excellent resource for
coaches like myself to use, so keep the information coming!"
- John Sherratt, Christchurch Football Club, New Zealand
"People have commented on how good the backs look" – Cameron Wall
"I coach both an open team and a junior team (Under 14s), I have used
moves from the 50 Great Backs Moves report this season, and both teams
are in the Major Semi Finals in the coming weeks. People have commented on how
good the backs look as well."
- Cameron Wall, Sydney, Australia
"A must for any coach" - Adrian Curran
"I found the book to be very informative and workable with backs that wished to
bring their play to the next level. Simple guidelines and tips were excellent. A
must for any coach."
- Adrian Curran, Corca Dhuibhne RFC, Ireland
"50 Great Back Moves contains both simple and complex
moves which enable a coach to introduce a level of complexity consistent with
the age group or skill level. I have used some of the basic moves for our Under
9s and will use the more elaborate moves after the backs learn to execute these
moves well. The moves can be used for all age groups from Under 9s to seniors."
- Philip Crotty, Director Mini Rugby, Valley Fort RFC, Hong Kong
"I have been able to teach rugby at a higher level" – Bob Weir
"As a long time amateur player and coach, we often have to get our information
handed down from the "old rugby sage" to the next generation....AND MOST TIMES
IT IS AT THE BAR AFTER THE GAME! With special reports like Dan Cottrell's
50 Great Backs Moves, I have been able to teach rugby at a higher
level which allows my athletes to make decisions and follow through on the field
and now really play the sport of rugby."
- Bob Weir, Wilmington RFC, Delaware, USA
"I found the package of
50 Great Backs Moves very useful in my everyday coaching. Very
well laid out and user friendly. Very handy to give individual sheets to the
players for easy reference."
- Kevin Jones, Toronto Saracens RFC, Ontario, Canada
"Has helped me enormously" – Tony Todd
I am coaching now at a small town in the south west of France. The book
has helped me enormously in its clarity of how the moves work and what type of
players you require for the move to be successful. The diagrams, which I feel
are tremendous have helped me overcome some of the language problems! It was
well worth the money."
- Tony Todd, France
"I find 50 Great Backs
Moves extremely helpful in designing each week's game plan. I
have tried to include at least one new move in each week's match, particularly
when the situation calls for a change of pace. The diagrams are easy to
understand and the accompanying text explains each move and positional
responsibility clearly, and suggests when each move would be best used. I
recommend 50 Great
Backs Moves to all coaches looking to inject some variety into
their backline play."
- Richard Young, London St. George's Senior Women's Rugby Club, London, Ontario, Canada
"Well illustrated and an excellent coaching resource" – John Green
"I have found the 50 Great Backs Moves to be very useful. They are well
illustrated and an excellent coaching resource. My senior players also find them
informative - indeed I have laminated key moves from the resource so that they
can practice in their own time."
- John Green Housemaster and 1st XV Coach Hurstpierpoint College, Sussex, England
"It has been very useful and I would recommend it as a useful tool in any
coaches tool kit."
- Tony Abel, Lannepax, France
"I found the report and the technical rugby information very informative
and have used many of the suggestions in my training sessions. The 50 Great Backs Moves is well documented and easy to use
and the range of moves and difficulty is very useful in progressing players
technical ability. Keep the info coming."
- Gary Dreyer, Associates Rugby Club, Australia
"With the move up to U13 level and full size pitches we felt it was time to
develop some new attacking options for our backs. 50 Great Backs Moves is ideal for this and we are looking
forward to trying them out in the new season."
- Mark Wells, U13 Manager, Paviors RFC, Nottingham, England
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"I found this invaluable - clear sound ideas well explained - gave the
kids loads of options - buy it."
- N Larcombe-Williams, Tavistock U14s, England
"50 Great Backs Moves has been very important, giving a
lot of good new ideas, in an easy way to understand! Now I can use lots of
variations, according to any situation!"
- Fran Locoselli, Pasteur Athletic Club, São Paulo, Brazil
"I have found the 50
Great Backs Moves to be a very interesting coaching armoury for
myself. I have been mostly involved with forwards coaching but now with the help
of the 50 Great Backs
Moves I can now easily select a move according to the skills of
the players that I have and where and when to do them. The moves are very easy
to follow and are very precisely explained."
- Feao Vakata, Tonga Rugby Union, Honolulu, USA
"Coaching the Harrow School Under 15s, the moves have given our backs various
different options giving the team exciting back play. The moves are easy to
follow and effective. I look forward to using it as the backbone of my teams
attacking play this season."
- Ramsay Kinghorn, Harrow School, London, England
"An excellent resource. I particularly like the "Good if…" and "Best from…"
- David Adkins, Dulwich College Prep and Beccehamian RFC, England
"50 Great Backs Moves provides some great fundamental
rugby in a very straight forward fashion. It provides insight into the game both
at a college and senior men's level. The first time players embrace the format
and pick up the concepts quickly through this guide."
- Michael Freker, North Jersey Rugby, USA
"Wanted to thank you for your
50 Great Back Moves. It is simple enough to employ at a very
young level and sophisticated enough for us to aspire to. Simple language and
well illustrated. Thanks again."
- Curt Huckaby, Arkansas State University Men's Coach, USA
I'm confident this manual will help you too, and your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed.
The proper execution of moves is everything, as my friend Tony
Swift, the scorer of a record 411 first class tries for England, Barbarians,
Bath, Swansea and Fylde points out in the foreword to the report.
50 Great Backs Moves doesn't just show you the
moves but explains how to coach them and use them.
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Yours in rugby
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