Good shape in rugby means your players are into position quickly to attack from the next phase. The shape refers to threatening alignments, with all ball-carrying options well supported. MORE
VIDEO: The 1,2,3,4 of scrum profiles
Though there are lots of elements to a good, strong, scrummaging position, keep it simple once you have established the principles, so your players have got a template to work towards every scrum.
Go through the key building blocks for good scrummaging:
- Feet: around shoulder width apart, on the toes.
- Hips: tilt the hips so the backside is out.
- Scaps: pull the shoulder blades in towards each other – elbows bent and back (like chicken wings).
- Head: neutral so the chin isn’t on the chest or facing upwards.
- Crouch into the right position, balanced.
- Then lean on another player, to check that the knees are directly below the hips after the engagement.
- Warm up by pushing a ruck pad along the ground. Works on keeping the feet active, the hips square and the weight moving forwards not downwards.
- Have the player resting on a rugby ball in a scrum profile position. Use peer coaching, and have another player check the right body positions.
The hips are the most important element, check the tilt.
- Knees below hips.
- Keep the scaps back at all times.
- Look through your eyebrows, so keeping your head neutral.
DEVELOP THE PRACTICE
This scrum profiles session is a warm up for more scrummaging.
With older players, work on gentle one v one work. The players can bind and lean on each other, with one player slowly raising and lowering the height of both players. They can also move slowly side-to-side.
Further develop by putting one player against two. Only the one player pushes, the other two have to resist but not push back.