Rugby: Creating the Overlap With a Loop

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  • This drill is designed to work on the loop; on of the simplest and most effective ways to create your own overlap/space out wide
  • Start with three attackers and three defenders using tackle bags in front of them.

  • Attacker 1 passes to attacker 2 and begins to loop around.
  • Player 1 should then receive the ball back and his next aim is to fix the third defender.
  • Attacker three should make his way out to the edge where the space has been created.
  • Attacker 1 then passes to attacker 3 who has space to get around the defence.
  • Using this drill will develop your players handling under pressure and their attacking vision and ability to create space


  • Running straight is extremely important to engage and fix the defenders so that they cannot simply drift to cover the space out wide.
  • The middle player should pass to the looping player in the direction that he is looping from (see diagram and 0.25 of video for why).
  • Players should play with their eyes up, just because you have planned a move doesn't mean you should always go through with it. Space might open up elsewhere.


  • Have another defender in front of where the third attacker will run through to simulate where the opposition fullback might be and to coach the other attackers that they should always follow a player who makes a line break
    Bang & Bingo | Warm Up

    Bang & Bingo:

    • Set up: the cones as shown with a cone 10 meters each side of the posts on the try line. This will mark where the ball will be passed from (feeder) preferably from a scrum half.
    • Divide the group into 3 and ask them to stand in single file behind each cone.
    • The ball is fed from a position alternately from either side of the post. This will encourage the players to scan, communicate and to be expectant of the ball.
    • The players on the cones opposite the posts will either be the 1st receiver or the BANG option runner. The BANG runner is always running an out to in, or up to in line to fix the 2nd defender.
    • The players on the middle cone will receive the ball in the BINGO (pull back) option outside the ‘outside’ post or just in behind the BANG player.
    • The BINGO players should run and an arced run to receive the ball outside the outer post. The BINGO player should try to straighten up prior to receiving or on receiving the ball.

    • Progression:
    • Get 2 players or coaches to stand in front of the posts with 2 different coloured cones in their hands on their hips.
    • The cones will represent the ‘hips’ of the 2nd defender.
    • The aim is to encourage the 1st receiver to scan, look, and make a quick decision (choice of pass) depending on what the defender is doing.
    • If the 1st receivers sees the ‘inside’ cone on the 2nd defender then they must assume the defenders hips are turned OUT and make a short pass to the BANG runner.
    • If the 1st receivers sees the ‘outside’ cone on the 2nd defender then they must assume the defenders hips are turned IN and make a PULL BACK pass to the BINGO runner.

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