EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Whole-part-whole handling games

Here’s a 30-minute session to work on your team’s handling decision-making skills using a whole-part-whole approach. Adjust the timings to suit your players.

The theme for the session is making handling decisions. Start with a game of touch then move onto 2 v 1s and finish off with the six-ball game. Schedule around 10 minutes for each element.

WHOLE

  1. Play a normal game of touch rugby after you have introduced the theme. Let the players come up with the rules.

PART

  1. Then move onto 2 v 1s. Using the side of the pitch, have a pair of attackers run around into the 5m channel, with a defender coming from the opposite direction.
  2. Keep the activity quick and set up more groups if you have more numbers.
  3. Swap into a wider area for a development.

WHOLE

  1. Finally, move onto “six-ball rugby”. Each team has six attacks, one from each ball. Shout which ball to play from.
  2. The start can be immediate, slowed down, or from a set-piece, like a lineout or 3-man scrum.

  1. Change the starting ball at any point. It’s best with full contact.

TECHNIQUE

  • Following the hands through to the target. l Look for and pass to space – listen out.
  • Attack straight with the ball in hand.

Find out more on how this type of session might function…

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