Rugby: Passing Grid

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Tyrone, Rugby Coach

DESCRIPTION

  • Set up a grid of about 10 x 10
  • Aim to have 12 attackers and 2 defenders
  • 3 attackers spread out on each side of the square. One player starts with the ball and runs towards the first defender, before passing off to a supporting attacker, who runs towards the next defender and passes off to the other attacker in the three
  • The ball is popped off to the end attacking player on the opposite side of the square
  • The same play happens with three new attackers and same two defenders
  • The ball is then popped off to the side, and play continues until all four groups of attackers have run through twice.
  • Then switch defenders.

COACHING POINTS

  • Attackers should draw the defenders before passing to the supporting players
  • Pass late to ensure the defender is fixed up and is out of the phase in a match situation
  • Focus on pass accuracy and weight, to help out teammates receiving the ball.

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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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