Passing & Handling

When it comes to coaching fundamentals, you don’t get much more fundamental than passing. Players aren’t all blessed with lightning pace or accurate kicking skills, but every player should be able to pass. The passing drills and handling activities in this section provide countless ways to improve your players passing and handling skills.

Miss pass: the devil’s skill

in Passing & Handling

The miss pass has been used extremely effectively in the top pro-games to score some great tries. Yet it’s also so tempting to use at the wrong times by simply shifting the ball wide without fixing defenders. Avoid this sin with these ideas… The miss pass is a much-maligned skill. It’s not just a long... MORE

Execute perfect miss passes

in Passing & Handling, Rugby drills

The miss pass is frequently misused. When executed at the right time, it releases attackers but too often allows defenders to drift out and push the attack towards touch. Use this session to develop better decisions. Focus with your players on when to use the miss pass as much as how to execute it. MORE

5 simple handling homework tasks

in Passing & Handling

Every player should have their own rugby ball and keep it at home. Now make sure they use it too. Here are five simple exercises for your players to work on at home to improve their ball skills and coordination. MORE

When one is better than two

in Passing & Handling

While we want players to carry the ball in two hands more, they are plenty of times when one-handed carries are important. But the hand has to be more dominant than the body and here’s why… MORE

Fix a defender and pass

in Passing & Handling, Rugby drills

Hold defenders to retain space for receivers to move into. Here are the key points to fixing defenders which should help young and developing players to improve this skill. Generally, defenders want to chase the ball carrier, but their mind is always on whether to stay on the current ball carrier or move onto potential... MORE

Don’t make 3 v 2s simple

in Attack, Passing & Handling, Rugby drills

During a match, 3 v 2s happen more times than you think. Yet, each situation can be different, with defenders and attackers arriving from different angles and starting close or far apart. You need to challenge yourself to replicate these scenarios in training. MORE

Run out, pass in

in Passing & Handling, Rugby drills

Create situations under pressure where passers and their support players have to run at one angle and then pass at another. Encourage players to attack at pace and find ways to keep the ball moving forward. The support player tracks the ball carrier so they can be ready to take a pass or help the ball carrier if they are tackled. MORE

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