EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Double switch backs move

This move is best from

The opposition half, but not too close to their line.

Why it works

  • As 12 drifts out and switches with 13, the inside defence stops to cover.
  • The outside defence might also stop, but 12 will be running into them or in front of them (but not in front of the ball).
  • 10 takes the “switch” looking to exploit the space in between 12 and 13, as the defence remains static.

Good if you have

  • A 10 who is a potent attacking weapon.
  • A 13 who is a good handler of the ball.
  • Already performed a “switch” in the centre.

What players should do

  • 10 passes immediately to 12, moves slowly backwards and then starts to “arc out”, where he eventually takes a “switch pass” from 13.
  • 12 receives a quick pass from 10, then performs a “switch” with 13.
  • 13 takes a “switch pass” from 12 and then “switches” with 10, who has “looped” around.

Double switch backs move

Common mistakes

  • 10 runs too early after passing the ball. He must hold back to allow 13 to make some headway.
  • 13 takes the “switch” too early, and therefore is not influencing the defence enough.

Think about

  • Swapping in another player for 10, and 10 standing with the centres instead.
  • 14 and 15 standing wide.
  • 10 receiving the ball and sending a wide pass out to 15.
  • The timing of the run from 10. The move happens in a confined space so getting the timing right is essential.

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