EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Body profiling warm-up game for scrummaging

A good body profile allows players to shove/push horizontally and not up or down. It is not a natural shape, so needs constant revision. You should check profiles every week, perhaps as part of a warm-up activity.

Working on profiling needs to be more active than just getting into position from a static start and here are some fun ways to do this.

1. Statues

Players run around in a 10m square until you blow the whistle.

At this point they stop and crouch with both heels on the ground, bending at the knees and hips, shoulders back, leaning forward with their back straight. The last one into position does one slow press-up (good for core).

2. 4 v 4 touch

In a small area – say a 10m square – play touch rugby.

When the player is touched, he puts the ball down and adopts the body profile position against another player. When you shout “DRIVE”, he takes three/four steps forward and the ball is recycled.

These mini scrums are uncontested so the team in possession always retains the ball.

 

Statues checklist

1. Shoulders are pulled back.
2. Bent at the hips.
3. Knees bent.
4. Back straight.
5. Leaning forward.
6. Both heels on the ground

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