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VIDEO: Scrum stability individual training

Here are some more one and two-player exercises to build stability under pressure which will increase core strength development.

BAND AND PLAYER

The player moves forward under pressure. The bands aim to pull them back or to the side.

The player aims to keep their hips and core down on the step drive and use short, wide steps.

ON RUGBY BALLS

Working on balls to increase uncontrolled motions.

Add multi-force directions and on focus on core strength and control.

When moving laterally always step with the outside foot first otherwise the base becomes narrow and unstable.

1 v 1 PRESSURE

This is a useful exercise for players to help coach from above looking at the length of back, and encourage the player to keep shoulder, hips, and feet square.

1 v 1 ARMS LENGTH

This is a good exercise to promote shoulder control and stability.

Players can work on lowering and raising the height. The angle at knee and hip should be approximately 120° hips behind knees by about 3/4cm.

BANDS ON PLAYERS

Training bands (not as effective but you can use towels or judo belts) get players to understand the dip and drive process.

Using two bands and changing the loading point to the shoulder increases the pressure and more accurately simulates the scrum.

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