Rugby: Four Player Continuous Passing

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DESCRIPTION

  • A quick drill to focus the players before going into a session or at the start of a match day warm up.
  • The aim of the drill is to develop early hand-catch, quick and accurate transfer of the ball to a support player.
  • Set 4 cones 3-5 meters apart on the 5 meter line. This will mark the starting point for your players.
  • Set up cones opposite on the try line
  • Ask your players to line up behind each cone.
  • The ball carrier runs out to the cone opposite and passes to the next player
  • Once the player on the end receives the ball, the drill changes direction and the ball goes back in the direction it came from




COACHING POINTS

  • All players to focus on running straight
  • Early hand catch by reaching for the ball
  • Keep hands high (chest height) when transferring the ball to its recipient
  • Finish the pass by ensuring hands go towards the target
  • Players receiving the ball should be encouraged to run towards the ball on receiving it.
  • The ball carrier should try to remain as square as possible.
  • For progression - the end player runs towards the try line and ‘pulls out’ (passes) the ball back to a player from their line of players

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Bang & Bingo | Warm Up

Bang & Bingo

  • Set up: the cones as shown with a cone 10 meters each side of the posts on the try line. This will mark where the ball will be passed from (feeder) preferably from a scrum half.
  • Divide the group into 3 and ask them to stand in single file behind each cone.
  • The ball is fed from a position alternately from either side of the post. This will encourage the players to scan, communicate and to be expectant of the ball.
  • The players on the cones opposite the posts will either be the 1st receiver or the BANG option runner. The BANG runner is always running an out to in, or up to in line to fix the 2nd defender.
  • The players on the middle cone will receive the ball in the BINGO (pull back) option outside the ‘outside’ post or just in behind the BANG player.
  • The BINGO players should run and an arced run to receive the ball outside the outer post. The BINGO player should try to straighten up prior to receiving or on receiving the ball.


  • Progression:
  • Get 2 players or coaches to stand in front of the posts with 2 different coloured cones in their hands on their hips.
  • The cones will represent the ‘hips’ of the 2nd defender.
  • The aim is to encourage the 1st receiver to scan, look, and make a quick decision (choice of pass) depending on what the defender is doing.
  • If the 1st receivers sees the ‘inside’ cone on the 2nd defender then they must assume the defenders hips are turned OUT and make a short pass to the BANG runner.
  • If the 1st receivers sees the ‘outside’ cone on the 2nd defender then they must assume the defenders hips are turned IN and make a PULL BACK pass to the BINGO runner.

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