EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Switch and stay in the game

Make your switch plays into a support play too, as the passer then turns quickly to be ready to take a pass from the receiver. The receiver “wraps” back to make this work.

A switch play attacks the inside, weak shoulder of a defender. Execute this well as a passer by drawing the defender out of position. Once the pass has gone, get back into the game.

Have two lines of three players. Feed the ball to a player who is 7m from two tackle tubes. They cut across at around 45 degrees.

They pass the ball off their hip into the path of the second player. The passer then runs through the gap in the tubes, so they finish facing up the pitch. They go through the tubes and look for the ball again.

Develop this by putting in one or two defenders who run off cones behind the tackle tubes to put pressure on the passer and receiver.

TECHNIQUE

Engage on the catch, so the ball carrier takes the ball forward and then cuts across.

The receiver engages the defender in taking the ball – then runs away from them.

Leave the pass on the hip on the switch, don’t pass it. It should be suspended in the air.

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