Make your contact contests more game representative. This gives your players greater transfer into match day situations. In this activity, the ball carrier is tackled and the next arriving player has to compete effectively (and legally) for the ball. MORE
VIDEO: L-shaped clearouts warm-up techniques
Build up the best techniques for winning quick rucks with this warm-up ruck drill. The players develop the right footwork and body angles and body shapes to drive away threats from the ball.
- Put ladders or cones on the ground at right angles to a ruck pad.
- Have a ruck-pad holder stand over a ball which is placed by the end of the ruck pad.
- A player steps through the cones, aiming to keep their shoulders facing up the pitch. They then move forward, over the pad, which should help keep their hips and shoulders in line. The lines they move through the cones and into the pad replicate an L-shaped approach to the ruck.
- They drive out the ruck pad, helping them to develop leg drive and body angles.
- Develop by taking away elements, so it becomes more game-related.
- Ruck-pad holders can wrap their arms around the pad, forcing the player to get even lower to drive out the threat.
- Make it a race between two players, either in parallel, as in the video. Or without the pads where they are directly against each other.
- Keep square – that means hips and shoulders facing up the pitch.
- Keep low and strong, so hips lower than shoulders, and a wide stance.