Scrums & Lineouts

It is sometimes said that good scrummaging players are born, not made. Although some rugby players are the “right shape” to play in the scrum, the truth is you never stop learning. And with at least 11 factors affecting every one of your lineouts, it’s important you keep working with your forwards to perfect this vital set piece too. Below you’ll find our complete collection of scrum and lineout drills to develop an expert set piece team.

WEBINAR: Coaching scrums to school-age players

in Rugby drills, Scrums & Lineouts

WEBINAR ALERT: SATURDAY 5TH FEBRUARY 2022 930am UK time Struggling to know what and how to coach the scrum with U14s to U18s, then experienced schools’ coach, Spencer Williams has the solutions. Understanding that you often have limited time and limited numbers for full scrum sessions, Spencer will talk you through the key factors you need to cover.... MORE

Forwards’ coaches love detail

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The best forwards’ coaches are often likened to nutty professors. Absolutely embroiled in the detail of lineouts and scrums, they find even the most mundane technique exciting. But their enthusiasm and understanding is all for nothing if their sessions are not interesting and engaging for the players. Watch England’s former lineout guru Steve Borthwick, now with Leicester, at work and you will see he’s constantly looking for ways to make training as close to the game as possible. Mike Cron, who’s done so much with the All Blacks over the last decade, is the same. MORE

Win lineouts on wet days

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With a slippery ball, make sure your lineout is secure by getting the jumper into space to meet the throw. The pod of three acts together to beat the opposition into the air. Shortened lineouts in wet weather reduce the chances of dropping the ball and conceding territory. MORE

Lightning quick hooking

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Scrum halves and hookers need to be on the same wavelength. The timing of the put-in and strike have to be perfect to ensure clean ball every time at the back of the scrum. A clean strike at the scrum means the ball is available before the opposition back row is ready to react. Work on your 2 and 9 put-in connection. MORE

Practise set-piece horrors

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Though you aim for perfection, you know perfectly well that there will be times in the game when your team have to clear up the mess from a scrum or lineout. So, it’s worth devoting some training time to develop strategies to deal with these situations. MORE

Mix up your lineout training and tactics

in Email Newsletters, Scrums & Lineouts

Lineout training should be based around getting the basics right first. When Gary Gold was coaching the South African team with Victor Matfield and they were the best lineout in the world, he used to say: "They know where the ball is going, but Victor will always beat them into the air." But a lineout is not just about the jump/lift. It's also about what happens afterwards. Here are four activities to develop different aspects of this set-piece situation. MORE

Backwards set piece

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Not every set piece works out, and this session looks at some simple recovery strategies. It mainly involves one player retaining the ball, staying strong and then his team mates coming back to help him. A physical activity to develop ways to mop up errors. MORE

How to improve scrumming technique 2

Quick bind, quick set

in Practice plans, Scrums & Lineouts

Give your players the mental and physical edge at scrums by being the first to be ready to scrummage. Make them set themselves quickly and also bind effectively and efficiently. In a match, they will be arriving at each scrum tired, so this session aims to replicate these moments. MORE

Great four-man lineout plays

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A four-man lineout gives a great chance to win the ball and then attack with support into the opposition midfield. Here are the simple options to ensure clean ball to attack with. Set up a platform and space to attack with “spare” forwards. You have five forwards involved in the lineout, so three players can be in the backline. MORE

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