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Rugby offloading drills

Keeping the ball out of the contact area using offloading is a highly-prized skill. Perfecting it keeps attacks moving forward and reduces the chances for the opposition to reset defensive lines.

Set-up

A 10m square. Groups of three players, each group with a ball. Sets of red, white and blue cones, at least as many cones in each set as groups of players.

What you get your players to do

Each player in a group is named either blue, white and red. The red players start with the ball. Ball carriers move towards and between cones of their colour. At random intervals, you call the next colour in sequence (red-white-blue,as in picture 1).

The ball carrier drops to ground after offloading to the player who is the next colour called. The new ball carrier then attacks his own coloured cone. Once this is understood, you call colours randomly (picture 2) having removed all the coloured cones. Support players must now also react smartly.

Look for

Passes made before the ball carrier hits the ground. Communication by supporters. 1-2m depth by supporters.

Development

Play a small-sided game in a 10m square with no rucks or mauls. Offloads must be made before the ball carrier is held up or makes full contact with the ground (see picture 3). Failure is a turnover.

Notes

Alter the size of the box to suit the amount of players. Use more than one box if you have a very big squad.

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