EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Load the bases

Fast recycling players is a feature of any top team. It means that players are in a position to take the ball from the next breakdown. If they are ready, they can attack with pace.

When players reposition themselves after a set-piece or a ruck, they have to read the game and know their roles. A better understanding of this will enhance your team’s attacking cohesion.

  1. Have a group of at least 10 players moving around just to the side of the cones, passing a ball around.
  2. When you shout a number, that number of players run out and stand on the cones.
  3. Use a number between 1 and 4.

 

  1. When you then shout “go” the ball carrier runs into the triangle and goes to ground.
  2. At least two players go into the triangle to clear out the ball.
  3. Once it is available, it’s passed out.
  4. The remaining players have, in the meantime, to run to support the other four players.
  5. Once released, the players run forward, aiming to pass the ball twice before they get level with the original ball carrier.

  1. Once the players are confident with the idea of realignment, add in one or more defenders with ruck pads.
  2. In addition, you can make the ball carrier take a tackle with ruck-pad holders coming into challenge this area.

TECHNIQUE

  • Run straight if you are the first receiver.
  • Call early.
  • Attack at pace, it doesn’t matter if you don’t get the ball.
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