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Rugby drills to get your front row binding tight
- You must aim for the bind to be a quick and efficient process. Players have to be comfortable with the system of binding and work easily with each other.
- The players must bind tight enough so that the hooker can strike, whilst being held in a secure position. So the props need to provide a stable platform for the hooker to support himself.
- If the hooker is not comfortable, rethink the binding.
- Make sure you don’t hold the players in an engagement for more than 10 seconds.
Binding on the hooker
- The hooker stands with his hands above his head in this part of the rugby drill.
- The first player (usually the left hand side or loose-head prop) puts his right hand on the left side of the hooker and then swings round into position.
- The right hand or tight-head prop binds left hand to right hand on the side of the hooker.
- You shout the start of the engagement sequence “Crouch, Touch, Pause” then break.
Engaging against another three
- Start the drill with two front rows kneeling opposite each other.
- Go through the binding sequence and engage.
- Check the players’ bindings, then break.
- Repeat the process at another point.
Building the process
- After the engagement and still on their knees, the front rows should rock back and forwards gently.
- Progress to practising this rugby drill with the players standing.
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