EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

VIDEO: 9 pass out

Here are some fun ways to challenge your 9 or any player passes from the back of a ruck. Using pieces of equipment, you create unusual passing scenarios. It means that the passer has to find solutions, then adjust their feet to pass accurately. Also, the receiver has to time their run, based on the way the passer has adjusted themselves.

IDEA 1

Roll the ball down a ruck pad, so the passer has to grab a moving ball.

IDEA 2

Cover the ball with a ruck pad, so the passer has to move the pad before passing.

IDEA 3

Place the ball inside a tackle ring, or surrounded by ruck pads, so the passer has to lift the ball out and the pass away.

IDEA 4

Have the passer start away from the passing situation, touching a pattern of cones before running to the passing situation. Put the starting point in different places, to challenge the passer to arrive from the behind the “ruck”.

DEVELOPMENT

Have the passer follow the pass. Then the receiver goes to ground, presents the ball and the passer has to pass again to another player. This ensures the passer doesn’t “admire” their pass, and instead “stays in the game”.

TECHNIQUE

  • Arrive square and balanced.
  • Listen, look and then pass.
  • Follow through to the target, keep low and strong throughout the pass.
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