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Friday, April 16, 2010

Smarter Rugby with Ian McGeechan - Support Lines & Out Ball Drill

Smarter Rugby with Ian McGeechan - Support Lines & Out Ball Drill

We've got a few coaching tips for you ahead of the weekend as we catch up with the ASICS Smarter Rugby series featuring Ian McGeechan, who this week talks about support lines and positioning on attack.

In the first clip McGeechan talks about the ball carrier having players on each shoulder with the option of popping to them just before contact, with them changing their running line to beat the defender. So you're basically hitting the gap before catching the ball.

The second video is similar in nature in that it's also about changing your path before taking the ball, but this time it's when hitting the outside of a defender, as discussed by Jeff Wilson in a video I posted a while back.

The trick is to time your run nicely after getting a long pass that allows you to drift outside before or while taking the ball, thus throwing off the would be tackler. It's a great technique and one that can be used to great effect, providing the service is good from the inside man.

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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