EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

4 ways to improve your scrummaging

Need to build or rebuild your scrum? Need to keep your forwards engaged in training with new and interesting ways to improve their scrummaging?

Here are four different ideas to help out.

First, we’ve got a Three-step guide to coaching first scrums. This is designed for players who are new to scrummaging, but its back-to-basics approach can be used at all levels of the game – sometimes you have to restart the whole process to check the players are comfortable with what they know.

For slightly more advanced players, you can introduce the idea of Scrumming together. This full session develops the players’ core strength and scrummaging position, and is lots of fun too.

For a more technical full session, try out Firm feet in the scrum. The connection with the ground is a key aspect of effective scrummaging and hence the focus of this activity and developments.

Finally, Build a scrum and win it is a tried-and-tested activity that integrates the scrum within a game context. This is good for all the players, not just the forwards. For coaches who are working with younger players, this activity is an opportunity to try out players in different scenarios.

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