Short-Pass, Long-Pass, Short-Pass
Listed here as specifically for centres and number 10’s the ‘short-pass long-pass short-pass exercise’ is a great drill for all backs (indeed all rugby players). The skill level of the modern game is such that the ball must be moved into space as quickly as possible. Being able to take and pass the ball quickly is a must for all aspiring midfield players. In terms of passing, speed is key, accuracy is essential, and distance is pretty important too, fortunately this drill will train all three.
COACHING TIPS: start this drill with the ‘long-pass’ at an achievable distance. It is better to get the technique correct and improve the distance later, than attempted to through monster passes with poor form and get into bad habits. Beginners might also prefer to start at a walking pace or a very slight jog before building up to a faster game pace, notice this is a passing drill in its purest form and even the players in the video are not running at game pace. Another KEY point in this drill is to ‘take the ball early’. To catch and pass quickly, the ball has to be caught as early as possible so mechanically it can be passed immediately. This is a difficult skill and the players in the video make it look easy. Good stuff.
Source: R80 Rugby (www.youtube.com/user/R80Rugby)