Mix some speed with passing and communication with this simple game of Rodeo.
A nominated lead player runs to a box with the others following
Once all the players are in that box, he runs to another box
The ball carriers’ partners wait at the side of the pitch
Call out a line to run to at any stage
All the ball carriers run to that line
In the meantime, the partners run to one of the boxes, ideally close to their team mate
The ball carriers pass to their partners, who must be inside one of the boxes
React to the call and be ready for the pass.
A 20m box with three coloured boxes inside. One ball per pair of players.
Identify two lines, with names which are easily identifiable.
HOW TO DO IT
Each pair has a ball. Have the ball carriers start inside the box and have the other player in the pair stand at one of the sides which isn’t a named try line.
Appoint a lead player. They run to one of the coloured boxes and the other players follow. When all the other ball carriers are in that box the lead player runs to another box.
At any time, and probably when the ball carriers are between a box, shout out a try line. The ball carriers must run to that try line, score a try and then turn to pass to their partner.
In the meantime, the non-ball carrying partners run to one of the coloured boxes, aiming to be a good position to take a pass.
The ball carriers then pass to their partner. You can make this a competition with scores for catches or the first three players to complete the pass. If you have a spare player, they can swap in now.
About Dan Cottrell
Dan is a practising RFU Level 3 coach and WRU Course Leader. He is currently the Head Coach of Swansea Schools U15 and has previously held coaching roles with the Young Ospreys Academy and was Assistant Coach on the Wales Women's Team for the 2010 World Cup.