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The grip, the catch and the old rugby ball by David Clarke
September 8, 2009, 8:39 am
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Coaching, Rugby Skills | Tags: , , ,


The modern rugby ball is sticky. It has some sort of magical quality that makes it hard to drop when being carried in one hand.

That makes exercises like a simple one handed ball wrestling easy to perform. It is exercise. It is an excellent activity because players have to manipulate the ball, shaping their hands and there is an element of competition. Both players put one hand on the ball and then the one “pull” it from the other’s grasp is the winner.

Try it will an old ball and it is a different exercise altogether. I had a go with a size three and found it very difficult.

It reminded me that I need to train my players with old balls to make them work harder at catching.

Better Rugby Coaching


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