First time for rucks, or even the second season of rucking? Then use this session to get your players thinking and then playing contact in the right way. MORE
Lockdown planning: Quick ruck ball sessions
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.
To enhance learning, you are better off focusing on an “arc” of learning for a specific area. This means spreading out the training over a number of weeks, rather than dedicating one session to this.
Here’s a four-week plan for quick ball rucks, but you can split this up into more sections if you want.
Objective: Apply pressure on the defence by recycling the ball from the ruck as quickly as possible.
Week one: Ball placement
Week two: Body positions into the ruck (height)
Week three: Body positions into the ruck (drive)
Week four: Speed to the ruck
Let’s say you dedicate 15 minutes each week to the activities and assuming you have warmed up before the start of contact, you could use a mix of games and drills.
Each session may include all of the skills from all of the weeks. However, each week focuses on the specific skill, the reasons why it is important and how the players could improve their own contributions.
The mix depends on the skills of your players. Here are four ideas to help.