RUGBY SKILLS: HOW TO PERFORM A SET-PIECE MOVE

There are four main types of set-piece move in rugby and it is important to know how to perform them. We share our advice with you. 

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There are four basic types of attacking set-piece move in rugby union. Teams adapt them and come up with their own variations. The fours basic types are: 

- the switch pass

- the loop pass

- the miss pass

- the inside reverse pass

Louis Simoneau, who plays centre with French fourth-tier club Olympique Marcquois Rugby, talks to us about set-piece moves and gives us his advice on how to make them work.

1. THE SWITCH PASS

The switch pass is an attacking set play that involves two players.

“The player on the ball runs diagonally towards their team-mate, who is positioned on their outside. The receiving player then changes course at the very last second and cuts inside to receive the pass and switch the direction of play.”

2. THE LOOP PASS

The loop pass is a variation of the switch pass where a player passes to a team-mate and them runs behind them to collect the ball again. 

“You pass to your team-mate and then run on to receive it back from them. After receiving the ball you change your angle and put yourself in a position to pass to the player outside you.”

3. THE MISS PASS

The miss pass involves making a pass that misses out the team-mate closest to you and goes instead to a team-mate positioned further away on our outside. 

“We use the miss pass to get the ball out wide quickly. Before playing a miss pass you need to check where the opposition defenders are to ensure the pass won't be intercepted. You then throw a long spin pass out to a team-mate situated further down the line.”

4. THE INSIDE REVERSE PASS

The inside reverse pass is a technical play that does not tend to work against an organised defence. 

“It is often used against disorganised defences where gaps have appeared. The ball is popped up on the inside and the receiver runs on to it at pace, close to the player playing the pass.”

You now have all the advice you need from Louis to get your set-piece moves right. Don't forget to watch the video to check out some variations.

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