Get your ruck defenders into the right position then create an awareness of the ball and the attacking threats in this simple ruck warm-up exercise. MORE
VIDEO: Game constraints for quick ruck ball
In this touch rugby game, which works well for up to 9 v 9, the players concentrate on good ball placement and then quick passing away from the tackle area. Also, notice how the coach intervenes quickly and effectively.
- Split into two teams.
- Start with a kick off (to disrupt defence and attack). Restart the game after a try with another kick off.
- If there is a two-handed touch on the ball carrier they must perform the correct ball placement technique (in this case, roll and place).
- The nearest defender must touch the prone attacker and not move away until the ball is played.
- The next player can, depending on your own preference or age grade laws, pass, or run and pass.
- Play endless touches, with turnovers for the normal rugby infringements or for poor technique.
- Set out the rules quickly and play.
- Stop the game very briefly to get the players to demonstrate good technique if it’s not going well, or a ruling.
- Keep the game flowing, with plenty of energy when there is a turnover.
- Vary the ball placement techniques.
- Set a rule that the ball must be played from the tackle within three seconds or it is a turnover.