Rugby Coach - 5 Steps to More Effective Rucking

Written by Dan Cottrell, Editor of Rugby Coach Newsletter

5 Steps to More Effective Rucking Spruce up your rucking technique to get quicker ball

1. Ruck beyond When a player hits a ruck, they should aim to end up beyondrepparttar ball. Even better is for them to be on their feet, moving forward two or three metres beyondrepparttar 148061 ball. This preventsrepparttar 148062 danger of too any bodies overrepparttar 148063 ball. Too often players come to rest onrepparttar 148064 ruck or just lean over. This just adds torepparttar 148065 traffic, legs and feet gettingrepparttar 148066 way ofrepparttar 148067 scrum half trying to clearrepparttar 148068 ball.

2. Inside foot When players arrive they should put their inside foot overrepparttar 148069 ball. This leads to three great advantages: ∑ Driving through and out, so clearing players more effectively ∑ Stronger body position throughrepparttar 148070 centre ofrepparttar 148071 ruck ∑ Less chance of feet hittingrepparttar 148072 ball

3. Spine in line The old coaching adage in rucking, but easily forgotten Ė getrepparttar 148073 spine in line withrepparttar 148074 direction ofrepparttar 148075 play to gain maximum power throughrepparttar 148076 contact area. Bums to posts (meaning bums in line with posts) is another phrase being shouted at players atrepparttar 148077 moment. It also makes good sense fromrepparttar 148078 point of view ofrepparttar 148079 referee, who will penalise players who come in fromrepparttar 148080 side.

Rugby Coach - Making core skills fun

Written by Dan Cottrell, Editor of Rugby Coach Newsletter

Making core skills fun. Improvingrepparttar core skills is important to player and team. But players, however motivated, will need some new ways of approachingrepparttar 148060 core skill to add variety torepparttar 148061 practices. Here are some different ways of adding an element of fun to handling activities.


Practice normal passing and then change to an unusual form of passing before returning torepparttar 148062 core pass being examined. For instance when looking at offloads, makerepparttar 148063 players try one handed back flicks inrepparttar 148064 tackle for a couple of rounds ofrepparttar 148065 drill.

Time trials

After going through some ofrepparttar 148066 drills, try putting a time limit on achieving a certain target, e.g. five passes in one area followed by fives passes in another in 30 seconds. The element of pressure builds a certain amount of tension, but also can lead to players enjoyingrepparttar 148067 success. If they can beat their times or other groupís times, they will enjoyrepparttar 148068 task even more.

Unusual areas

Donít just practice in boxes or circles, use different shapes set out by cones to force players to think in different ways. Some coaches set out a snake like shape with differing widths in which players must progress uprepparttar 148069 pitch.

Also try handling on a sharper incline, or in long grass.

Different size balls

With allrepparttar 148070 different types of promotional balls, as well as age group balls, there are at least five separate sizes of rugby ball out there. Donít just practice with one size, getrepparttar 148071 players to handle using all shapes and sizes in one practice. The variety of shapes will challenge players to changerepparttar 148072 way they may take and give a pass.

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