Rugby: Miss Me Baby, One More Time!

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  1. We will begin with laterial passing down the line, just to get going.
  2. On your call we will start to miss the player in the middle, and pass to the next player instead (a miss-pass).
  3. The player who is being missed should still come forward at speed and should still look as if they are going to take a ball.
  4. When finished the players rejoin the back of the lines on the grid, but they move down one. So the first ball carrier now becomes the player to be missed, the missed player now becomes the reciever, and the reciever now moves to the first position to carry the ball.
  5. Simple - lets get moving.


Don't feel that you have to focus on all of the following coaching points, you may have your own. Select the points that most closely match your overall training and session goals.

  • The miss pass will most likely have to be spun given the distance and the need to attack space quickly.
  • The player in the middle needs to come through at speed, their hands need to be out, they need to look as if they will actually take the pass, and they need to make sure that they don't get in the way of the pass - so they should try to get ahead of it.
  • The missed player should act in a manner than commits their defender, both in voice and in terms of body language.
  • Players need to be able to execute this move off both hands, so change the starting position of the ball.
  • Make sure that your players are experiencing success before you start to increase distances or introduce defenders.
  • Players should work within the training area at a high tempo, but building towards that tempo in line with their ability.
  • Receivers hands are our ready to take the pass, as is the players hands that is being missed.
  • Ball carriers attack at pace.
  • If using defenders: Ball carriers avoid contact by using changes in foot-speed, they stay on the balls of their feet, they sidestep, and communicate.
  • Communication must be effective (loud enough), efficient (brief but with enough information to get the job done), and encouraging (highlighting good work, effort, and that the next pass etc. is the most important).
  • Receivers call the ball, ball carriers verbally look for support.
  • Passes are not forward.
  • Passes are weighted correctly in terms of speed, distance, and accuracy.
  • A pass is only good when caught.
  • Mistakes happen, you as a coach focus on the fix and let the players play.
  • Be upbeat and encouraging - provide opportunities for success and set realistic targets.
  • The missed man should not be running flat and getting in the way of the pass.
  • The passer should avoid a high pass, this slows the ball down making an intercept more likely.


  • Increase the distance between the cones and therefore the length of the pass.
  • Introduce 2 defenders and allow the attack to experiment.



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