Rucking & Mauling

Let's have a ball

Let’s have a ball

From Rugby Coach Weekly This great fun way to introduce the right body positions to drive in rucks encourages the correct use of shoulders and best placement of arms and hips. Why use it To develop young players’ confidence in ruck contact and ingrain effective body shapes. Set up A 10m square, a Swiss/ exercise ball. […]

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Better ruck decision making

Better ruck decision making

From Rugby Coach Weekly Don’t waste your ruck bullets. Make sure your players know when to “shoot” at the ruck, and when to leave it alone. Start the process by making them understand when and where the threat to the ruck is going to happen, so they can judge what the best action is. Why use […]

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One-man rucks

One-man rucks

By Ian Diddams, RFU coach tutor with over 20 years’ experience in coaching at grassroots level Overview In Sevens, winning a ruck with just one player is a vital skill to maximise numbers post contact. Set up Three attackers and three defenders. A 10m x 5m box. Three ruck pads. Three balls. What you get […]

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Decision-making at the ruck

Decision-making at the ruck

From EasiCoach Rugby Skills Activities U9 & U10 Help your players work out whether to drive over the ball or go for the ball. Help your players work out whether to drive over the ball or go for the ball. 1. Split your players into pairs. Put each pair 5m either side of a ruck […]

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Ruck, Ruck, Ruck

Ruck, ruck, ruck

By Paul Tyler, Scottish Rugby Union level 3 qualified coach, former SRU rugby development officer and a qualified referee Overview This session will increase player awareness of the importance of recycling the ball and their ability to do it. It will also develop organisational and decision making abilities to get players in the right positions […]

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4 week plan to recharge your ruck

4 week plan to recharge your ruck

By Colin Ireland, Physical Education teacher with sixteen years experience working for the Scottish Rugby Union It is always a good idea to have a theme for your session that focuses on one aspect. Choose a rucking theme for a four-week refresher. Make a judgment call on your rucking strengths and weakness Think back over […]

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Crouch-bind-set: RUCK!

Crouch-bind-set: RUCK!

By Ian Diddams, RFU coach tutor with over 20 years experience in coaching at grassroots level Get your front rows’ minds on the new scrum binding and then what happens once the scrum is over – which might be winning the next ruck. Why use it Players have to concentrate on set piece and then […]

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