The Ruck and How to Win it

Create a Devastating Rucking Machine
Dan Cottrell Jim Love

Create a devastating rucking machine with this ground breaking report about coaching individual player and team skills at the ruck.

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You already know that there’s more to rucking than just “big hits”, and that tactical know-how, technical expertise and organisation are more important than basic aggression and strength.


The Ruck and How to Win It can help you sharpen your players’ skills, boost your side’s technical expertise and channel your team’s aggression to create a successful “rucking machine”.


Learn more about:

  • The methods to stop slow ball killing your game, such as coaching players to avoid contact, make effective contact, and offload in contact
  • The “5 Golden Rules” to winning the contact contest to secure quality and quick ball at the ruck
  • How to develop effective rucks by making the ball carrier work harder in contact, getting support players to arrive better and not necessarily quicker to drive through the ruck, and the body positions required for successful (and safer) rucking
  • The techniques and tactics to dynamically clear out the opposition at rucks by concentrating on one opponent at a time, whilst focusing at all times on the ball
  • The simple strategies you can adopt to improve your ruck defence, like getting “close up and personal” with the other team, the “three point stance” to prepare defenders, and the decisions your players need to make about contesting and committing numbers to each ruck
  • How best your players can decide whether to attack the blindside or openside following a ruck, and then how to set up these opportunities for a successful outcome.

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    Jim Love is a New Zealand rugby union coach. He played for Marlborough, at the NPC, and was an international player for the New Zealand Māori team. He was also the coach for the Maori Squad, from 1998 to 2001, winning even 22 matches in a row. Jim also helped Marlborough to win the NPC Division Three in 1997.
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