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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.

Smarter Player + Smarter Boot = Smarter Rugby with Sir Ian McGeechan
By learning how to become a Smarter Player and wearing the ASICS Smarter Boot, you can play Smarter Rugby with Sir Ian McGeechan. To win great prizes and find out more, go to www.asics.co.uk/rugby .

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