Use this series of exercises to build up simple skills for rucking. It starts with low impact techniques before upping the level of contact in a breakdown contest. Contact needs careful management. Skills should be honed before they are put into bone-on-bone situations. 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.
Set up two sets of three players as in the top picture. Put a ball carrier 1m away from a tackler. > Get the ball carrier to run over the cone behind the tackler, so he is tackled and the other players ruck over the ball.
When the ball is clear on either side, shout “break” and the players run around to pick up a ball from behind the attacking team’s starting point.
Each set of three run through the corridor passing once each before resetting to repeat again. Go through three times before reversing roles.
Set up four ruck-pad holders in pairs.
Put five attackers opposite each pair of pad holders.
When you shout “go”, the pad holders have to be driven back three metres. At least two players must do this.
The other players run into the box and compete for the ball. Then the team in possession tries to score a try.
- Concentrate on winning the ruck ball accurately first, and then make sure the passing skills are accurate.
- Drive from low, and keep square in the rucks.