In Lockdown planning: Quick ruck ball sessions, we focused on applying pressure on the defence. Now, let's plan for the other side of the ball. France's defence coach, Shaun Edwards says that it is his main metric for success: slowing down ruck possession. To enhance learning, you are better off focusing on an “arc” of learning for a specific area. This means spreading out the training over a number of weeks, rather than dedicating one session to this. MORE
Roll, present, protect and win
Develop your players’ 1 v 1 rucking skills in a low impact environment. This is one of my favourite challenges as a “breakaway” to work on my footwork through the contact.
Speed to the tackle area is crucial, but once there, you need to stay on your feet and be effective. This dynamic exercise keeps the players thinking because the situations are very variable.
Put a ball carrier on his front between two other players also on the ground.
They can be facing towards, away or even on their backs, to keep the situations varied.
The ball carrier rolls and places the ball towards one of the players.
Immediately, the other players get to their feet to compete for the ball. Keep swapping the players around and between groups.
- Drive the feet through the contact to generate momentum from a standing start.
- Stay on the feet through the contact.
- If the attacking player gets their first, he should take the space over the ball, not stop at the ball.