Though you want to avoid defenders, sometimes you will have to take contact. Develop ways to retain possession at the ruck and after by keeping the ball carrier active in the tackle.
Defences will aim to force turnovers if the ball carrier can’t release a pass. If the ball carrier works hard to twist, turn and spin during the tackle, they will become less of a target. MORE
Winning a ruck with just one player is a great way to maximise numbers post contact. In open spaces, this is a top skill to develop to retain quick ball and play again.
Attacking away from congested areas, this is an ideal way to keep quick ball going. It’s also a good individual skill for normal rucks too. MORE
Use a flag pole to help players to find the best height to arrive at the contact area. The lower they arrive, the easier it is to win the contest over the ball.
The pole creates a strong visual cue. It helps players get used to dipping down to the right height. MORE
Make sure your players focus on their roles. They need to know what they will do once the set piece has finished or a ruck has been won and lost.
Improve your team’s continuity of possession and defence by helping them to think ahead. MORE
Introduce players of mixed ability to contact by building up the skills through games and questioning.
I’ve found that using this progression of activity, the players develop contact skills together. You can adjust the pitch sizes and timings to suit your players. MORE
Can your team ruck for 20 phases? It’s not a common scenario, but challenge them in training to maintain the skill execution and accuracy for this type of ball retention.
If your team can concentrate for 20 continuous phases, it will mean that your normal multi-phase rugby will be much easier to execute. MORE
Get rucking. This session will make your players ruck more than they will in a game, so they will be more than match ready. They will have to ruck fast, efficiently and when they are tired. The session takes place in a square, so players cannot arrive from the wrong angle or side. MORE
Jono Farrell says, having researched the top teams and their success rate around the ruck, it’s clear the players have defined roles. By creating the mindset and system, you can develop the skills you need for quick ball. MORE
If you are able to train, then you will be aiming to improve your players' skills and tactical appreciation around specific areas of the game.
If you are in lockdown, it's a chance to hone your session planning in readiness for your return. MORE