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Pop Cycles for better short rugby passing by David Clarke

Short passes are also known as pop passes in rugby. They are “left” in space for the next player to run onto. Often the ball carrier has drawn away his opposite man to create that space.

To create a rugby drill for this, I devised an exercise called Pop Cycles, as part of Rugby Smart Sessions.

The exercise can easily be developed with longer channels, different widths and then varying degrees of defence. In the Rugby Smart Session, the game after this exercise aimed to isolate the need for these skills to work in narrow channels.

The boys in this rugby exercise had not done the drill before we filmed it, showing how easy it is to set up, and develop.

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