The ‘no-look’ pass
Test out whether support players are in place by having the ball carrier use a “no-look pass”, confident their support will be there and responding only to a call.
The ball carrier passes as normal without looking, responding to a call knowing the support player is in place. This maintains go forward and speed in the attack.
Four players – one holding a ball – stand at each corner of the box with one another in the middle.
The ball is passed to the middle player.
That player, in turn, passes to one of the players behind them without looking and just responding to a call. To begin with, a ball received from the left goes to the right receiver and vice versa.
Pass the ball back to the other “facing” player to repeat. Rotate players after six passes.
As passers become more confident, get the first receiver and support player to run onto the ball, shouting the length of the pass.
Support players call early and time their runs based on the ball carrier’s skills and movement.
The passer’s hands follow through to where he thinks the target is.
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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