EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Quick Coach: Groundhog ball

CORE SKILLS

  • Ball manipulation
  • Gathering loose ball
  • Footwork speed

THE STORY

“A player races out to pick up a ball cleanly and then win the race to the far line.”

SET UP

A 10m by 5m box. A ball per pair.

HOW TO PLAY

  1. One player in the pair holds a ball at knee height or lower. The other player in the pair stands next to them.
  2. When you say go, the ball carrier rolls out the ball. 

  1. The other player races out, picks up the ball and aims to win the race to the far end.
  2. If the ball doesn’t go 5m, then it must be kicked ahead until it does.

DEVELOPMENTS

  • The ball carrier can kick the ball. It doesn’t have to land on the ground but must go 5m.

  • Challenge some players to use only one hand to pick up the ball.

NUMBERS

With six players have three pairs. With five players, one player can roll out two balls.

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