Rugby Drill Demonstration


Give each training area one ball and tell the players the following......

  1. One of the attacking lines takes the ball.
  2. They simply attack, moving the ball through the hands - lateral passing only.
  3. The defenders (there will be three), mark the first three attacks, they leave the forth free.
  4. Defenders can move up and down, left and right, but must leave channel 4 open.
  5. Defender start 10 meters back.
  6. The ball must go through all four attacking hands.
  • Don't forget to switch the attackers and defenders.

Coaching points

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.

  • Players should work to keep the tempo of the session high.
  • Receivers hands should be out, presenting a target.
  • Ball carriers carry the ball in two hands.
  • The pass is weighted in terms of distance, speed, and accuracy.
  • The pass is only complete when caught.
  • Players do not spin the ball over short distances and their pass should be sympathetic to the receiver.
  • Ball carriers pass to where the receiver is going to be, not where they are.
  • Ball carriers provide a flat ball or a ball that the receiver can run onto. However, depth will give players more time on the ball - so judge the skill level of your players and adjust your expectations accordingly.
  • The receiver attacks at pace, receiving the ball while moving forward at pace.
  • Players demonstrate good communication . Communication should be efficient, effective, and encouraging. Receivers should identify themselves, their location etc. Ball carriers should verbally seek out support.
  • Mistakes will be made, allow your players the freedom to make mistakes without feeling a failure.
  • Passing should be off both hands. There is no weak or strong hand, just hands that need a little more work. Work is the key, not talent.t.
  • Allow players to be creative, but only when your feel they have done enough quick hands work. They can be creative with respect to how the move the ball through the hands e.g. a tap.
  • The attack must maintain width and depth.
  • Defenders: close the space between them and the attack quickly, and as a line.


Have the defenders start 9 meters back, then 8, then 7 - see how far you can push the handling ability of the attack.

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