Get your players to be aware of the space to attack, so run forward, while their support players aim to keep connected. The ball carrier may even pass before being tagged.
Put rockets on each coloured cone
Start three attacking rockets with a ball
Count down from 3 to launch attacking rockets
As the attacking rockets run forward, launch each coloured rocket
The ball carrier aims to evade the defending rockets and might even pass the ball before being tagged!
Launch other rockets
If the ball carrier is tagged they have to pass within three seconds
Go forward, avoid defenders, keep in support and score tries.
A 15m by 10m box (adjust accordingly). Three different coloured cones.
HOW TO DO IT
Put a “rocket” on each coloured cone inside the box.
Put three attacking “rockets” on the far line, one with a ball.
Countdown from three for the attackers to start.
Shout out which “rocket” launch by shouting “fire yellow” or whatever colour.
If a ball carrier is tagged, they can pass within three seconds.
If all the players have been tagged, then the “launch” is over.
Swap roles and play again.
With more players, add in more “rockets”.
Get players to choose where to set up a “rocket launcher”.
Set off the “rockets” in no particular order, so sometimes a quicker player near the front will start later.
If a player passes before a “rocket” tags them, that “rocket” cannot tag anymore.
About Dan Cottrell
Dan is a practising RFU Level 3 coach and coach educator. He coaches with the Bristol Bears DPP programme, is the assistant coach with University of Bristol Women's team and is a coach mentor for Broad Plain RFC mini and juniors section.
He was Head Coach of Swansea Schools U15 and has previously held coaching roles with the Young Ospreys Academy and as Assistant Coach with the Wales Women's Team for the 2010 World Cup.
He was director of rugby for Cranleigh School, Surrey. Previously he played rugby for Bath and Bristol.
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