Rugby: Support play down channel

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DESCRIPTION

5 players start in a 5x5m grid and can pass the ball to one another in any direction.

Once the coach blows the whistle they explode with speed down the channel.

The aim is to firstly not run into an agility pole, and secondly to pass to a player in support while attacking down the channel.

Once a player has made a pass, he must get in behind the ball and support once again.

COACHING POINTS

Try and position yourself on the side of the channel, so that you can see the depth and positioning of the players. You are looking to create around 3 layers of attack, if it be 1-2-2 or 1-3-1 , as long as there is sufficent spacing for the ball carrier not to feel crowded!

Support with depth

  • Run hard with ball in hand
  • Let ball carrier make decisions - Dont crowd him
  • Evade the agility poles
  • Ball always in two hands
  • Look where you pass

PROGRESSION

The coach can progress the drill by instrcuting the player to score a try instead of passing the ball, thus the players need to pick up the ball instead of catching and passing it. This forces players to be even deeper in support as the pickup takes more time.

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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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