EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

The “scoop” ruck detail | Plus handling and tackling

Ruck pads, also known as tackle shields, provide a soft landing for shoulders (and heads sometimes) when practising rucking. They are not an alternative to rucking practice. Instead, they should help players to concentrate on details that they can apply to a bone-on-bone practice later in the session.

In the session, Step over and ruck, I used every pad I could find in the storeroom. So, for every station, there’s a post protector, a tackle tube and two ruck pads.

In essence, I wanted to disrupt the arriving players’ footwork first. They then have to adjust their balance to be able to engage properly at the ruck.

In the video you can see plenty of mishits, unbalanced players and certainly too many players going in at the wrong height.

Then, I added in a method of getting lower. You will see some immediate improvement.

Crucially, don’t expect this is to happen straightaway for all players, and for some, it might take many weeks of different scenarios before you will see progress. That’s how learning works!

Also, in this newsletter:

Handling: Close-quarter passing

Tackling: Bounce-back tackling

Coaching: Your three-week tackle tonic

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