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Rugby drill to work on quick fire handling skills
The "fast-slow-fast" rugby coaching drill creates a competitive atmosphere, with players looking for unusual passing solutions.
Rugby drill set up
- Players: 4 v 4.
- Area: 10m square split into four equal boxes.
- Equipment: One ball.
Rugby drill coaching tips
- Start in any box, with the first ball carrier getting two seconds to run and pass before his marker can move.
- Allow touch tackling only to begin with.
- Dropped or intercepted balls, failure to release the ball in three seconds if touched, or running out of the area leads to a restart for the other team.
How to score in this drill
1 point for five consecutive passes.
What to call out in the drill
- "Use short sharp changes in direction."
- "Pass into spaces for the receiver to run on to."
- "Anticipate where to pass the ball before you receive it."
Key rugby coaching tips
- Players will find that looped or lobbed passes will be easily intercepted. Firm passing is essential.
- The use of non-verbal communication helps. The players should consider using their hands to show which direction they are going to go.
- "Fast, slow, fast" should be the mantra for players looking to lose their markers.
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