The current rugby techniques used by front rows at the top of their game, from Andrew Millward. MORE
Build scrum power, even with a small pack
Excellent technique in the scrum often outdoes a larger opposition team. Add to that a cohesive effort and your scrum should deliver clean ball when it matters.
Though the scrum laws have changed a lot in the last few years, the principles of scrummaging remain the same:
- A strong body shape that can withstand pressure.
- A stable base with the feet to drive forward.
- Good binds that connect players but don’t compromise the body shape.
- Moving together as an eight.
Your scrum sessions will have some important elements, which are outlined in What happens in a great scrummaging session. The key is that the players understand the different situations that they might find themselves in during a match.
Over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to speak to lots of top scrummagers. For example, Andrew Millward wasn’t the largest prop to play professional rugby but was part of a very successful era at the Ospreys in Wales. He shares some of his top tips in Five secrets of the front row.
Think tactically about playing with a smaller pack, as international sides like Japan have done. Here are some ways to Play with a small pack.
And finally, think about mixing up your scrummaging session with an activity called ruck, scrum, ruck, which aims to give a more game realistic session for your players.