EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Binding up the front row

There are many options for binding up in the front row before engagement. Here’s what you need to concentrate on to give your players the strongest positions.

WHO BINDS FIRST

 

Traditionally the hooker binds to the loose-head first to make sure he is close and tight to the prop where the ball is coming in.

However, depending on the threat from the opposition scrum the hooker may bind tight to his tight-head first to avoid being split by a strong attack from opposition hooker and loose-head.

The hooker will bind high across the shoulders/backs of his props, the props make sure their shoulders are out and square and then the hooker pulls the binds as tight as possible, this will present six shoulders and square body positions for the referee and then aid the ability to scrummage square.

The hips should be touching and feel tight for the second rows heads. The hooker will stand with a slight split stance which will allow the props to have a shoulder width feet position and stand relatively square.

WHERE TO BIND

The loose-head tends to bind higher than the tight-head at rib cage height, pulling the shirt of the hooker from the front. However, this depends on the size of the hooker and the wingspan of the loose-head.

The tight-head’s bind is more variable.

Some will go for the far side of the shorts of the hooker and others the back of the shorts to allow the tight-head’s left shoulder to present through and square. Remember he faces both the hooker and the loose-head, so he has to battle to keep this shape on two fronts and is required to stay square.

TIGHT-HEAD GETS AHEAD

After the bind across the front row, it is better for the tight-head to get slightly ahead of the hooker and loose-head. This creates a better shape for the hooker to strike at the ball on his own put-in.

However if the hooker feels he is getting attacked by the opposition tight-head on his own feed he may ask his loose-head to promote himself and present forward a little more to protect him on the strike.

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