Rugby: More Loop

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Eifion, Rugby Coach


Tell your players the following......

  1. The ball carrier (A) runs straight in a line and makes a normal lateral pass to the supporting player (B)
  2. After passing the ball A runs towards and behind B
  3. After B catches the pass they angle their run towards the direction the pass has come from and so create space
  4. A runs around B and straightens as they receive the pass
  5. In effect you want the players to loop around the new ball carrier after they make their pass.


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.

  • Keep the tempo of this exercise high, but only after the players have been able to succeed at a lower tempo. There is no point in moving fast and making too many mistakes as a result of pushing players too quickly.
  • Good communication is vital to define roles, position, expectations, direction of the pass, the type of the pass, the timing of the pass etc.
  • Communication should be efficient, effective, and encouraging.
  • Start with normal lateral pass and call loop, Sprint in the direction of the pass, Keep close to the heels of the new ball carrier, When outside of the ball carrier call for the return ball (but players should highlight their intentions often and early), Take catch and sprint away.
  • Mistakes will happen, while we work to minimize mistakes - don't over focus on them! If you do, your players may well magnify their own mistakes. What's important is the next pass, the next catch! You as a coach have to give the players the freedom to make mistakes, you also have the responsibility for helping players adjust their passing style and decision making etc.
  • Passes need to be weighted correctly in terms of speed, distance, and accuracy.
  • Receivers have their hands out.
  • Players do not spin the ball when there is no need.
  • Players use soft hands to move the ball quickly. Passing, not firing the ball.
  • It is only a good pass when it has been completed, and it is only a completed pass when the receiver catches the ball.
  • The ball should be caught in both hands, at a position that is best suited to move the ball on quickly.
  • Set targets for your payers, but make sure that targets can be achieved.
  • It is vitally important that players experience success and feel a sense of achievement at every session.
  • The (L - Loop) should be called early, good communication should be at the heart of the attack.
  • The running line of the looping player should be as efficient as possible, taking into account the progress of the attack.
  • The looping player should run tight to the ball carrier they will be recieving the ball from.
  • The looping player should let the ball carrier know their: position, more about the timing of the pass etc.
  • The looping player may decide to pass the ball out, attack, or switch the ball to change the point of attack.
  • The attack should experiement with with the ability to cancel the loop, the line needs to realign.
  • Have fun, and allow players to experiment.



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