EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Ruck circle

Improve your players’ ruck decision-making by giving them four different situations to react to. They have to choose the best technique to use in each case.

There are various ways to approach and execute a ruck. By using four different stations, you can arm your players with the tools and confidence to deal with them.

Station A – Very low tube

The rucking player drives back and up the tube lying on the ground. With the other player holding it down, the tube will naturally rise up.

Station B – Between two tubes

A ruck pad holder is on the outside of two tubes. The rucker steps over to protect or win the space above the ball as the pad holder advances.

Station C – Raised tube

The slightly raised tube needs the player to stay on his feet and drive over the ball.

Station D – Roll out

The rucker has to roll the player who is on top of the pad or tube. This frees up the ball under the pad.

TECHNIQUE

The rucker stays on his feet throughout. If they feel they will go off their feet, they must aim to bail out to the side, otherwise they will be penalised.

They arrives “square” to every situation by using a L-shaped run, both to be legal and effective in clearing out the problem in front of them.

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