EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Pass-pop-pass

Mix up passing distances in exercises to challenge players in more game realistic situations. This activity creates reasons to pass and keeps passers in the game.

This session is more about the outcome than the technical process involved. A forward may not have the most technically correct method of shifting the ball a short distance, but if it‘s effective and on time then don’t change it. However, make small adjustments, such as the ball being carried in the middle of the body with two hands.

EXERCISE

Put two attackers and two defenders with ruck pads (optional) about 10m apart.

Have the attackers move forward, with the ruck pad holder going forward towards the ball carrier only.

The ball carrier uses a short pass to his support player, who goes through the narrow gate.

  1. Repeat this through the larger gate.
  2. It becomes a 2 v 1 against the second ruck-pad holder.
  3. The feeder races around to be in support.

GAME SCENARIO

  1. Put three attackers at one end of the box, in line with the split in the box.
  2. Place two defenders on the split line, one about 7m behind the other.
  3. Allocate a letter to the wide and narrow box.
  4. On your call, the attackers and defenders move into that box.
  5. Play full contact rugby.

TECHNIQUE

  • Pull defender to one side.
  • Push the ball towards the support player.
  • Short passes to the support player.
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