Kick Return Organisation & Mini-Pods

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This is an all-inclusive way to cover ball kicekd behind your team, and effectively organise ALL players to maximise your kick-return options.


  • Ball is kicked to back 3, all other players in front of these
  • Back 3 work together to initially run to opposite side of pitch from chasers
  • Other backs work hard to get back into attack line
  • Meanwhile, forwards work towards two or three mini-pods midway between where they were and where the receiver is.

The kick return runners should be able to link up with one or mor of the pods and create a meaningful counter-attack that commits defenders.


  • Back 3 under the ball - catch the ball before anything else!
  • All players work hard to retreat either into the line or into pods
  • Use posds to generate quick rucks / offside lines very quickly



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