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Receiving the Pass

Difficulty: Advanced
  • Catching
  • Passing


To have players maintain the continuity of play by receiving a pass from their teammate and continuing forward.

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.

Step 1: Show players how to properly catch a rugby ball.

  1. Form the letter “W” with both hands by placing thumbs together and spreading fingers wide.
  2. Keep your eye on the ball all the way from the thrower to your hands.
  3. Catch the ball with both hands while keeping the “W” shape.
  4. Tuck the ball close to your body near your stomach and run forward keeping the ball in both hands.

Step 2: Have players practice with a partner by forming two lines across from each other and work on receiving the ball in a stationary position.  Start players closer together before having them spread apart to make the passes more difficult.

Step 3: Have players advance from a stationary position by walking, jogging, and running from one end of the field to the other, completing 10-20 passes each.  Help players individually work on receiving the ball correctly.

Coaching Notes

Game Progressions

  1. 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.
  2. Allow players to work on receiving different types of passes. Have players start five yards apart receiving pop passes and then work up to about eight yards apart receiving a spin pass.

Key Concepts

  1. Make sure players always move forward after receiving the ball.
  2. Make sure players are forming the letter “W” with their hands, away from their chest.
  3. Always have players call for the ball, even when practicing.

Log Activity

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