EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Ruck races

A lot of rugby is a race – who’s first to the ball. In this activity, it’s who’s first to the ruck and then who’s first to be in a strong position to win or retain the ball.

Forwards have to react quickly to different situations because they are often dealing with one area of the game (like a set-piece or a previous breakdown), before they have to beat the opposition to the next situation.

  1. Put two pairs of players in the box facing each other.
  2. They move forwards and backwards mirroring each other’s movements, while passing one ball around the group.

  1. When you shout a letter, the current ball carrier stands still and the other players race to the designated ruck pad.
  2. Depending on where the ball by the ruck pad is, one side tries to steal the ball and the other side try to protect it.
  3. Play for a few seconds, until one side wins the ball or an infringement occurs and then repeat.
  4. Develop by having the ball carrier put the ball down, do a press up and also join.
  5. Further develop by having the pads in different places, or a player being tackled over the pad.

TECHNIQUE

  • Players should take the quickest line to the ball, but square up at the last moment (an “L-shaped” run).
  • Aim for the appendages if the player is over the ball – arms and legs.
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