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Monday, March 29, 2010

Smarter Rugby with Ian McGeechan - Shoulder Push & Ball out of Contact

Smarter Rugby with Ian McGeechan - Shoulder Push & Ball out of Contact

It's time for another coaching session with Sir Ian McGeechan and the ASICS Smarter Rugby series. Today the focus is on the shoulder push and getting the ball to support runners while going into contact.

If you haven't seen any of the series yet, it features British & Irish Lions coach McGeechan as he takes players through basic techniques that are sure to make you a better rugby player.

In the first video today he focusses on driving into contact by getting your head and shoulders lower than your opponent and keeping your back straight. A tip that he includes is to make sure that you get your head up and use that to successfully effect the clear out.

The second video features attacking techniques whereby you're making space for your support runner by taking out the defender by running into his outside shoulder as you go into contact.

By popping the ball just as you make contact, you're allowing your teamate to run through the space that wasn't there before, while you effectively act as a barrier between the defender and the guy you're passing to. You're also drawing in the defender, taking him out of the game.

Hopefully by seeing these techniques for the first time, or at least brushing up on them, you'll become a smarter, better player. We'll have more from the series soon.

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Posted by Rugbydump at 10:04 am | View Comments (6)

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John March 29, 2010 10:54 am

Thanks for these. They're valuable to any youngster out there.

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Anonymous March 29, 2010 3:15 pm

So many things that even experienced players should know, but still get wrong or dont use on the pitch.

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Anonymous March 29, 2010 3:49 pm

Very good

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Anonymous September 10, 2010 12:49 pm

If you look closely at these videos you'll notice that they are, in fact, very subtle advertisements for Asics.

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Gaz November 03, 2010 11:42 pm

whilst the first video is reasonable if you try and use the tactics/techniques shown in the second one the defender is going to smash you halfway through your pass and the ball could go anywhere

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Anonymous July 08, 2011 7:33 pm

donnacha o callaghan still doesn't realize this. i dont think he has ever tackled someone low in his whole career. always high and so loses meters in contact

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