Use this fun warm-up game to test the players’ passing, evasion and decision-making skills. The defenders use rolled-up socks as cannonballs, though they could equally use rolled up bibs. Thanks to Ray Smith who coaches with the Old Reigatians Girls for the inspiration for this activity. Set up the pitch, with a safe zone to... MORE
Rugby warm up drill to work on fast ball handling
Set up the warm-up drill
- In a 10-metre square four of your rugby players wait on one line, facing in.
- You stand about halfway up the square on the left-hand side and roll the ball in.
- One player picks up the ball and it must then be passed once to every player, always in a direction away from you. This might mean very short passes, depending on how quickly the ball is rolled in and how the players react.
What to say in this rugby drill:
- “Passer step towards me before passing.”
- “Receivers, hold depth.”
- “Ball retriever, pick and pass straight away, just like in a tight game situation.”
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