EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Ruck attack decision-making sessions

Once players have worked on the technical aspects of rucking, you want to improve their decision-making.

First, here are three technical activities to use:

For a four session/week curriculum for rucks, try:

Ideally, you want to avoid rucks, passing the ball before contact, in contact or off the ground. However, if the players can’t do this, then there are decisions on:

  • How to win the ruck
  • How many players to go into the ruck

Here are four activities you can use to make up your ruck decision-making session.

  1. For individual decision making at the ruck: VIDEO: Ruck decisions 2 v 2
  2. To work on support roles and lines of running: Scramble rucks
  3. To put that into a more game-related scenario, with a low-pressure introduction and then into a full contact situation: What next – roles and responsibilities
  4. For a more fitness-based activity where the players are making technical and tactical decisions when they are tired: Ruck fatigue
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