Rugby: Long Passing Accuracy

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DESCRIPTION

  • Players line up single fine in two lines.

  • Two coaches stand at the front and just off the side of both lines. One coach begins with the ball.

  • The coach pops the ball to an oncoming player, who takes the ball in their stride and passes across to the coach on the other side.

  • The passing player then runs through the cones at the end of the line and curves back round to join the opposite group.

  • The coach receiving the pass then pops the ball off to the incoming player on the other side, who receives the ball and passes across to the first coach.

  • The passing player runs through the gates and rejoins the opposite group.

  • The game continues and flows until all players have completed a pass on both sides.

COACHING POINTS

  • The players should receive the pass from the coach on the move, not stationary.

  • Keep the passes as flat as possible.

  • Focus on accuracy and height, before moving onto speed of pass.

  • Ensure that the players' momentum takes them through the cones.

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Continuous Passing Square 2

Set up a square of cones, and get the players to form equal lines behind each cone. The ball starts in the hands of a player behind cone 1, who runs (black running line) towards cone 2, passes the ball to the player behind cone 2 who passes the ball back to the first player. The first player then runs towards cone 3 and passes the ball to the player standing behind cone 3. The player who passed the ball from behind cone 2 runs (blue running line) following the run of the first player and receives a pass from the player behind cone 3 before running towards cone 4 and passing the ball to the player behind cone 4. The player who passed the ball from behind cone 3 runs (yellow running line) following the run of the second player and receives a pass from the player behind cone 4 before running towards cone 1 and passing the ball to the player behind cone 1. The player who passed the ball from behind cone 4 runs (red running line) following the run and receives a pass from the player behind cone 1 before running towards cone 2 and passing the ball to the player behind cone 2. The player who passed the ball from behind cone 1 runs (black running line) following the run and receives a pass from the player behind cone 2 before running towards cone 3 and passing the ball to the player behind cone 3, and the drill continues. Change the direction which the ball is going. Progressions: Get the players to change direction on your command (shout/whistle etc) Multiple balls As a group must complete 10 successful passes before the session can move on, every time a ball is dropped the whole group does an exercise (e.g. 10 press ups).

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