EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

The three-cone drill

This simple “three-cone drill” aims to get all players plenty of touches on the ball. One of Joe Schmidt’s favourites improve accuracy.

  1. Two halfbacks are set up either side of the three cones.
  2. One halfback passes to the first receiver to move the ball down the line.
  3. Once the ball reaches the last runner, that runner goes and places the ball next to the nearest 9.
  4. Meanwhile that 9 passes a separate ball to the next row of players.
  5. Start with disciplined straight running lines and short passing along the line. Gradually increase the difficulty by using miss passes, loop passes, shoulder balls, “blocka” plays and a mixture of all options.
  6. Ensure that every player in the line gets a touch of the ball and looks to support play once the pass is made.

  1. Add a defender in the middle to increase the accuracy of the running lines and execution under pressure.
  2. Focus on players attacking the inside shoulder of the defender to commit them in the defensive line.

COACHING POINTS

Focus on the basics, checking that players:

  • Keep their hands high to give the passer a target to hit.
  • Keep their elbows high across the body through the pass.

Blocka

A running line where a player runs in front of the pass and into the path of a defender. They won’t make contact with that defender, but force them to change their direction of run to retain the defensive line. Small changes like this give attackers opportunities to break the line.

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