EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Long passes to find the best space

If you can spot gaps, you need to get the ball there quickly. That’s the best space.

What happens is the best space on the edges of the defence? That might need some quick but long passes.

Work on your players’ technique and put it under pressure with these exercises.

In the first of two technical exercises, Get the ball to the wing – quick! I like this exercise because it keeps the players square and not overrunning.

A good development activity is Long pass plays – timing and running lines. This adds in more pressure in terms of defenders, with players making decisions on their running lines, as well as the pass.

Long passing is especially important in 7s. In the second technical exercise, Geraint Davies shows how you can practise with 7s passing for wide pass development. All players should be involved in this type of activity, not just backs.

Finally, Real handling width focuses on moving the ball to the wing at speed. I’ve found the players are fine from left to right, but it tends to be poor n in the other direction…in which case, spend more time on the weaker hand. Tactically, if you still can’t do this play quickly currently, you might consider a kick-pass instead.

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