Receive and Carry
To have players effectively receive a pass from a teammate and move into space.
What to Coach
Learning how to properly catch a rugby ball is very important for player safety and to keep the continuity of the game.
Set a Target
- Maintain a square orientation to the field by keeping hips and chest parallel to the try line.
- Form the letter “W” in front of the body with both hands by placing thumbs together and spreading fingers wide.
- Keep hands relaxed, no robots!
Reach for the Ball
- Keep your eye on the ball all the way from the thrower to your hands
- Reach for the ball. Catching the ball against your body can result in fumbles off of the body or an interception from the other team.
Park the Ball
- Resist the temptation to bring the ball into the body. Keep the arms and ball out away from the body, where they caught the pass.
- This leaves the the arms in position for a quick continuation pass. This also has the benefit of drawing the defense’s eyes away from the player’s hips.
- The first step in rugby is always forward
- Keep two hands on the ball at all times, this keeps the options of kicking, passing or running available.
- Have players work on receiving the ball from different directions. Form a circle around one player and provide each player in the circle a ball. Call out different players to pass to the person in the center.
- Allow players to work on receiving different types of passes. Have players start five yards apart receiving pop passes and them work up to about eight yards apart receiving a spin pass
- Make sure players always move forward after receiving the ball.
- Make sure players are forming the letter “W” with their hands, away from their chest.
- Always have players call for the ball, even when practicing