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How to perfect switch passing 2

Cut it up

in Attack, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

Switch passes, also known as cut passes, should be a natural part of the passing armory and used by all players. This session uses a simple exercise which can be set up with lots of stations for lots of activity. Players will quickly learn that timing and angles are as important as the pass itself. MORE

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Look after it

in Practice plans, Rucking & Mauling

Ball presentation is crucial to ensuring quick, clean possession for the attacking team. The tackled player must get the ball back as far as he can towards his team. He should also control the ball for as long as he can, without being penalised for holding on. MORE

How to improve and reinforce running from the deep 2

Runner from the deep

in Attack, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

The pace of the attacking line can be enhanced by a player entering from a deep position. The timing of this run comes from using lots of practices like the ones in this session. Players get to know the passing shapes of their team mates and so find it easier to read the running lines and get their timing right. MORE

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Turnover attack

in Attack, Contact, Practice plans

The new ruck laws are designed to encourage turnovers in the game. It is an area you can’t afford to ignore. A quickly executed attack from turnover possession causes the opposition problems. This session – “Turnover attack” – focuses on the players’ decision making after winning turnover possession. MORE

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Slide pass

in Attack, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

The “slide pass” has been used to good effect recently by a number of international teams. It is a flat pass to a player who is drifting outside his defender. Introducing the move also lets your team practise some good basic passing and running skills. MORE

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Up together

in Defence, Practice plans

Defending is not just about stopping the opposition from scoring, it is about trying to regain possession. To achieve that you need a defence that moves forward as a unit and puts the opposition under pressure. “Up together” gives you the tools to develop your defensive organisation so all your players understand their roles in it. MORE

How to side on tackle 2

Side impact

in Practice plans, Tackling

Even the top teams recognise that they don’t practise side on tackling enough. In this session you can also challenge the players to think of their finishing position first and then work backwards to see why the side on tackle is so effective in winning turnover ball. MORE

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Regain and score

in Attack, Contact, Practice plans

Winning turnover ball is the goal for the defence, but the ability to attack decisively from it is the ultimate objective. So players need to be aware of how to attack with turnover ball, as well as how to win it. MORE

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Off the ground

in Contact, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

Offloading out of contact is “risk and reward” rugby. It maintains continuity and might get your attack behind the defence. Offloading the ball out of the tackle while still on your feet is often the quickest option, but the offload off the ground can be just as effective. The support runner can then attack the space where the tackler was. MORE



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