EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

MINIS: The three-player pass race

Help your players get used to completing a passing chain – that’s more than one pass in a sequence. Plus, encourage them to make quick, short passes under pressure.

A short pass can keep the ball alive and away from tacklers. This competitive activity will improve the players’ confidence to make the pass without completely turning around to make the pass.

  1. Start with three players in a line, about 2m apart, just passing the ball between each other. Encourage good technique, using two of the players to show the others best practice.
  2. Then put two teams of three at one end of a 5m long box, each group spread no more than 2m apart.
  3. When you say go, they pass the ball from left to right and the end player has to run to the end of the 5m box.
  4. It challenges the players to pass accurately. Run lots of these races, with two or more groups going each time. It’s essential that the players face forward, not each other.

  1. Develop by having two players in each team static and a third player runs onto the ball from 5m away.

  1. Finally develop by the first pass coming from a static player and the second and third players run onto the ball.

TECHNIQUE

  • Hands up and towards the passer to take a pass.
  • Push the ball to the receiver, with the hands following through.
  • Turn shoulders to pass.
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