EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Passing & Handling

How to support your passes 2

Inside support

in Attack, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

One of the main principles of attack in rugby is support. The passer is often the closest player in support of the receiver and yet may not always follow the pass. Even if he does, he needs to get in the best position to receive a return pass. This session works on getting support players on the inside of the ball carrier. MORE

In the pocket 2

In the pocket

in Attack, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

It is rare that a move penetrates the line and leads to a free run to the try line. The “penetrating runner” will be the focus of the defence. He is now “in the pocket”, in space behind the defensive line but with covering defenders closing in. He needs to find his support and his support need to find him. MORE

How to improve the ability to beat well organised defences 2

Obtuse, acute and right

in Attack, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

Use this session to improve your players’ ability to break down an organised defence, simply by changing their running angles. It is not about fancy footwork in front of the defence. The ball carrier must hit a point and then move off at an angle with pace and force. MORE

How to attack the ball 3

Attack the ball

in Attack, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

This session works on a common problem – drifting out with the pass. The drift is a natural action that has two unfortunate effects. First it reduces the space for the outside players. Second it allows the defence to drift across. Help your players to break the habit with “attack the ball” running lines. MORE

Pop play 1

Pop play

in Passing & Handling, Practice plans

Though the pop pass is short, it still needs timing and accuracy. As a basic skill, all players should be able to draw a defender and deliver a pop pass into space for a support runner to accelerate onto. “Pop play” will help your players develop not only the technique but also their awareness of when to give a pop pass. MORE

Active sets 1

Active sets

in Attack, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

Once the ball is won at the set piece, the number on a player’s back should have no relevance to the skills and techniques they use. Working together in small groups (sets) and getting used to various tasks helps the players individually and collectively become more aware of what is needed and when, especially at the tackle situation. MORE

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