EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Use pacy training to perfect passing

It’s a fact that players learn faster in training if they can relate the action being practised to a real game situation.

Here I’ve selected four game-like exercises for developing passing techniques where the players develop their skills to match what’s happening in front of them.

In its simplest form, Run here, pass there, invites players to create space for their team-mates. It’s a great activity for younger players because it adds in enough pressure to make it game-realistic, and you can add in defenders when they are ready.

Taking it up a level, Fast hands grid focuses on running lines and looking up. There are no defenders, which reduces one level of pressure, but the complexity of the actions mean the players still have to execute accurate passes while being aware of what’s ahead of them.

You can then work this into some more game-like scenarios. First with Head high spin passes, where the players have to work out how to advance through a box and sometimes throw a pass over the opposition.

Then try Fast Fiji flips – a high octane game that rewards a variety of passes. Some of them will be the regular passes we used in the first two exercises, while others will have to be more creative.

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