In this instructional we have Owen McAteer break down rugby rules and some basic techniques with passing, and ball handling. Owen Mcateer played college Rugby at West Virginia University where he was the team's starting scrumhalf (aka Scrummie, or Half Back). The scrumhalf not only has the job duties of throwing the ball into the scrum, but also, the scrumhalf's responsibilities spill over into applying intense defensive pressure to the opposing team's scrumhalf. These responsibilities make it necessary for the srumhalf to be an all around great player, with a high rugby IQ and a very tough physical presence on the field.
In this instructional, Owen will go over some of the very basics with ball handling and proper form for rotating the ball accurately on a pass. These are the basics but they are essentials and are critical in your development as a Rugby player so that you have a solid foundation. Owen is now a personal trainer, a crossfit level one trainer, and an olympic lifting trainer.
Rugby Video Transcription: I would say in ball handling skills, basically the most important thing that we deal with is the pass. It's like football in that you can only pass it backwards. Think of it as a big hook and ladder play continuously for 80 minutes.
I guess we'll start out. Ball handling skills would be just keeping the ball upright, hands on both side of the ball, thumbs pointed up. All you're doing - the idea is that you are able to pass to the right or left at any time since you'll have people running on opposite sides of you throughout the game.
Starting out, probably the best thing to do would be kind of like a knuckle ball pass where you're not trying to spin the ball while you're learning, so just basically kind of pop it and keep it kind of motionless just like that. The simple pop is going to be the easiest thing to do to start out with. As you progress, then you start to flick the wrists. It's not so much that you're trying to put your hands on top of it and spin the ball but just create a spiral of the wrist almost just where you're turning your hands in opposite directions. Hopefully, you just want to be able to get the ball to your teammates backwards in the most efficient way possible, as quickly and efficiently. That's why we do spin the ball. It's for accuracy, and then it increases speed.
I used to just throw it against the wall, day in and day out, or a tree or something like a post, and just passing it against the wall. Yeah, it bounces all over the place and you have to go get it, but it kind of adds and gets you a little cardio response to it. Or you can even go just as far as kind of passing it in the air, so starting out just lofting it to yourself up and down. And then, again, as you progress, you start to flick those wrists and create this little spiraling motion, not so much that you're on top and your hands opposing each other but working in unison kind of turning together. You get that nice spin. It starts to spin just without much effort whatsoever. And then, you'll get better at it continuously if you keep practicing that up and down spinning like that.
Carrying it up and down, it's easier this way to hold onto it rather than trying to crux it into your arm, right in the elbow like that considering that it is a little bit bigger than a football. It doesn't have that pointed edge to it, so this is easier to pop out. A lot of times people come in, fist pump, pop it out. If you're carrying it like this, it's not as easy.
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