Rugby Drill Demonstration


Players start face down, on the coach's whistle players get to their feet to contest the contact area.

Red player 1 and the blue player should be closer to the ball so that they reach it quicker and present a target to be cleared away by the supporting red defender.

As the second red player reaches the ruck they should bind with their team mate to contest the ball, with the aim of disrupting the ball.

Coaching points

You can vary the amount of attackers and defenders on each team to change the difficulty of this activity.

Things to focus on:

Body positions in contact (arms in with weight going forward).

'Hook and handles' making sure that your players pick the opponent up (by mainly legs) and away from the ball.

Ensure players drive through the contact area, not stopping until the ball is open.

Fast feet with short strong steps.

Average rating

The Drill is often used with

Prev Next
Ruck - Coming through the gate 1. Drill Thumbnail
View this drill

Ruck - Coming through the gate 1.

Ruck - Pushing them back Drill Thumbnail
View this drill

Ruck - Pushing them back

Technical work at the breakdownRuck Clear OutRugby Drills Coaching