EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

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.

How to loop for the extra man 2

Loop for the extra man

in Attack, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

The loop pulls in defenders and creates space for your runners. The passer follows his pass and takes a return pass on the outside of the receiver, thus creating an extra player in attack. It can be used in isolation or as part of a set piece move. MORE

Handling basics into handling decisions

in Passing & Handling, Rugby drills

Players work on their passing accuracy and then straight into a 2 v 1. The quick change should focus the players on working hard at executing their skills well. To improve passing, develop technique and then put it under pressure. This activity does both in a very short space of time. MORE

Two hands are better than one

in Passing & Handling, Rugby drills

Without forcing the issue, use this race to illustrate to your players the need to run with two hands on the ball, so they can pass quickly and in both directions. Two hands on the ball means players are able to pass in any direction immediately, which is important to maintain continuity. MORE

Speed passing and catching

in Passing & Handling, Rugby drills

Improve your players’ catch-pass techniques at speed so a player can take the ball at full speed. The players learn to adjust the pass to meet the receiver. If a receiver can take the ball at pace without breaking stride they have more chance of exploiting defensive weaknesses. MORE

How to improve passing and simple angle changing 3

Simple hands

in Passing & Handling, Practice plans

Though the session is called “simple hands”, there is nothing easy about passing and catching under pressure. Your players will improve with focused practice in matchlike situations. The variety of angles and approaches they make forces players to concentrate on their technique under pressure. MORE

How to follow the pass 2

Following the pass

in Attack, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

The natural reaction of a good player must be that once he passes the ball, he follows the ball. If he can then get outside the player who he passed to, he creates an extra man in attack. Otherwise he is in a good position to support if the receiver goes into contact. This session looks at using the loop to create this extra support player. MORE

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