EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Brace, brace, brace

Use this session to maintain a low body position and brace the shoulder when moving into contact. By Ian Diddams

  1. ŒThree attackers lie on the ground in front of a tight diamond of four defenders
  2. Each defender is hugging a ruck pad, with a ball at the point of the diamond
  3. ŽThe first attacker drives into the front ruck pad

  1. The next attacker picks up the ball and drives into one of the side defenders

  1. The ball carrier then goes to ground once you call “RUCK”
  2. ‘The next attacker drives into the front ruck pad. The other defenders move around to reform the diamond while attack advances

 

CHALLENGE

Use a safe and strong upper body to win the contact.

SET UP

5m squares. One ball. Ruck pads.

HOW TO DO IT

  • Three attackers lie on their front outside the square.
  • Four defenders hugging ruck pads form a tight diamond at the front of the square with a ball at the point.
  • The first attacker stands and clears the first defender from the ball
  • The second attacker picks up the ball and drives a side defender back.
  • The third attacker calls “RUCK” and drives a defender back.
  • Attackers then pick, drive and clear in turn while remaining inside the square.
  • Defenders must work back to keep a tight diamond and act individually.
  • Attackers score on opposite side.

DEVELOPMENT

  • Play 5v5 full rugby in a 10m square.
  • Attackers get two minutes to score as many tries as possible then swap over.
  • Attacking knock-ons or in touch are a reset start. Defensive penalties are a penalty try.

TECHNIQUE

  • Chin off chest.
  • Eyes up.
  • Contact with shoulder.
  • Full bind and grip on defender with a short arm contact (elbow close to body).
  • Ball on the hip opposite contact shoulder.
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