EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Make all your players clearing passers

The clearing pass from a ruck isn’t always made by a scrum-half. Every player in your team needs to be able to perform this pass as it is unrealistic to expect the 9 to be at EVERY breakdown.

  1. Split into two columns of players
  2. The first pair run out to the first ruck pad with a ball

  1. The front two players time their run to take on the next pass
  2. The ball carrier either goes to ground or places the ball and steps over the pad. The second player uses a clearing pass to the next group

  1. This pair repeats the placement and pass.
  2. The returning players must run back on the outside

 

  • Look for:
    • Pointing the foot towards the target
    • Sweeping the ball off the ground
    • The receiver running onto the ball

TECHNIQUE

The session keeps running without much input from you but there are several things that will allow you to step in and comment:

  1. Poorly weighted or “floated” passes – follow the hands through to the target
  2. Point the foot towards the target
  3. Sweep the ball towards the target
  4. Players receiving the ball standing still then running
  5. Players running back to their lines THROUGH the passing lane – can happen in gameplay too
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