EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Pick the right support lines | Activities, session plans and games

Did you know that some teams now even employ an “off-the-ball” coach? They concentrate on all the players who are not directly involved in the ball.

Give your players lots of opportunities to judge where they should be in relation to the ball and what they need to do next to be more effective.

Use the full practice plan, Pass, pop, pass to challenge your players on their positioning depending on the space available. This session develops into more and more realistic game situations.

In Pick, pass and support, there’s a greater emphasis on timing and angles. Mess with the players initial positioning to see if they can win the race to the line.

If you want to think a little more deeply about support, then read The four families of support: Life, early, late and deep. This article explores the French concept of relationships and how players should consider their roles as a consequence.

Finally, the activity, Learn to pick and support is aimed at younger players. There will be lots of skills and techniques on show, so you can concentrate on one or two. For example, you might focus on communication and then on running onto the ball.

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