By Eamonn Hogan, experienced rugby coach working with representative teams in the UK and the US Some coaches like to have their players bind before they enter a ruck situation. This was a popular move in the ’80s with the All Blacks. Pros of pre-binding 1. Clears out defenders with the power of two Two […]
Rucking & Mauling
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
France almost kept the All Black try machine at bay in the 2011 World Cup Final, the only breach coming from a lineout set piece play. The key reasons were that defensive coach Dave Ellis worked hard keeping his players onside and in line. 1. Staying onside The French are rarely “pinged” by referees for […]
The following rugby drills aim to improve your players' ability to drive out opponents from the ruck. The objective is to secure quicker, better quality ball for your scrum half.
Keeping the ball alive is one of the principles of rugby and although we may like our teams to pass before contact, the reality is they are frequently going to have to ruck. In the modern game, better teams employ groups of players known as "pods" to work together to support and clear the tackle […]
This 3-away game is an ultra competitive game, that creates situations where a slow ruck needs to be followed by a quick ruck and fast hands.