Super-fast clearance (scrum half) passes
With younger age groups, the ball must be passed away from either the tackle or the ruck. Every player needs to be a clearing passer, and the faster the better.
The clearance pass doesn’t need to be a spin pass. A firm pass, with the hands going through to the target is enough on most occasions. All the players in your team should be practising this skill.
Have one player as the clearing passer, and two players as receivers.
The clearing passer starts at the ball, with the first receiver about 5m away to the side and the other receiver right behind the clearing passer.
The clearer passes to the first receiver as they run onto the ball.
The receiver then runs forward a couple of paces and puts the ball down.
The other receiver runs around into position, with the clearer runs to the ball on the ground. The group then repeats.
Once the ball is placed, the next receiver can choose to go left or right, but with a clear call first.
Three lettered players stand about 7m from a try line with a ball about 2m from the try line.
Shout out a letter and that player is the clearing passer. The others are the receivers.
The group has to score in the quickest possible time, with a clearing pass and one more pass.
Race more than one group at a time.
Sit over the ball to pass.
Throw the hands towards the target.
Run onto the pass.
About Dan Cottrell
Dan is a practising RFU Level 3 coach and coach educator. He coaches with the Bristol Bears DPP programme, is the assistant coach with University of Bristol Women's team and is a coach mentor for Broad Plain RFC mini and juniors section.
He was Head Coach of Swansea Schools U15 and has previously held coaching roles with the Young Ospreys Academy and as Assistant Coach with the Wales Women's Team for the 2010 World Cup.
He was director of rugby for Cranleigh School, Surrey. Previously he played rugby for Bath and Bristol.
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