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Essential Basic Skills with Hamish Webb

In this series Hamish shows the U13 team (many new to the game), a series of drills to develop their skills.

Part 1. Essential Catch & Pass Basic Skills   10:41 Member content

Hamish shows the U13 team (many new to the game), a series of drills to develop their Catch and Pass. Enjoy!

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Part 2. Early Catch and Active Grab 11:58 Member content

Rugby Site's UK Manager Hamish Webb is back to start the new year in London with the Hackney Women's team. Hamish breaks down the Catch and Pass into simple parts that once mastered enable players time and confidence to make right decisions under pressure: Hands out early Pointing to the ball Active grab Fingers across the middle of the ball Play video

Part 3. Reading Defenders Hips 5:24 Member content

What can you read into defenders hips? The Rugby Site's UK Manager Hamish Webb explains as he continues his session with the Hackney Women's team in London, UK. Hamish, progresses their Catch and Pass skills by understanding where a defender's hips are positioned can be an advantage to your attacking decision. So what do you do if defenders stay square or turn their hips? Play video

Part 4. Developing Catch Pass Ability 10:23 Member content

In this video, Hamish demonstrates the skills presented in other Rugby Site Catch Pass videos plus highlights good technique and explains ways to improve bad technique. Enjoy! Play video

Part 5. Developing a 3 on 2 Overlap 10:20 Member content

Watch Hamish Webbs' latest 3 on 2 Overlap passing drill. Enjoy! Play video

Part 6. Defence Structure around the Breakdown 11:48 Member content

This week, Hamish looks at organising your breakdown defence. A well organised defence can help overcome any possible shortcomings in players tackling. Enjoy! Play video

Part 7. Using quick hands to create an overlap 10:35 Free video

In this video Hamish demonstrates how quick hands creates the space on the outside and how you can continue to modify to build pressure on the pass. Enjoy! Play video

Course Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7
Duration 65:45
Topics Youth Coaching
Applicable to Coaches   Players   Others   Supporters and fans  
Languages English

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Course reviews

An excellent junior coach, attention to basics, Hamish must have been a teacher, his explanations and props first class. As a Coach I am always learning, it is good to re educate.


Freddie The purpose of any drill is to identify, isolate and improve individual parts of of a skill. I have found this drill (pt7) does this in spades! Early catch, run square, keep depth, weight of pass. Like all drills it does not mirror match conditions but as this group success rate was not that great it highlighted all these skill need to be developed without pressure to begin with. As I mentioned below and at the session by adding more pressure we can test the skills that we have introduced. We see week after week the Crusaders convert tight numbers up situations with a mastery of these skills. Skills that they practise extensively with drill like these.

New Zealand

I can’t really see that this last drill (the part 7) is fit for purpose: Using hands to create an overlap in a very small space in which you simulate a 4 on 5. In a real game situation the defence can always press up and tackle before the ball is moved to the 5th player, or if they are that deep that the defence can’t do it they can just press and drift easy without losing meters.


Scott Thanks for this. We did not get a chance to film this but a great game to play after this drill is a touch game with only 2 defenders allowed in the 15 m channel . Double points for a try scored in there. This challenges the attacking team to flood the wide channel and use quick hand to beat the outnumbered defenders. i like to flip,flop between the drill and the game to get a full squad buy-in.


Perfect drill well explained will try tomorrow

New Zealand

I like how there is a logical progression, like adding the No.8. and the extra “Free” attacker. Looking and decision making.


The RFU guidelines demand that there is no contact during the summer months until 2 weeks before the season starts. These defence drills covered by Hamish show that as coaches there is still a lot we can cover without full contact. Great drills, simply explained.


Love how simple the explanation is. I’m working with my club on these very same issues, these videos clarified a few things for me, now I can help my players. thanks.


Great video training and well explained

South Africa

En español ?


Fantastic video for me as coach of 12/13 year old girls. Give me more please asap. THANKS.


great video


Simply basic but really fundamental. It is important to review it at any time and in any age category


Clear and concise passing and catching drills, very effective and structured.


Great video. Some great ideas for developing the basics

Great Britain & Northern Ireland

good basics drills


very good basics

South Africa

This is superb! Such clear fundamentals!


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