Practice Category

Rugby Ruck Drills

A ruck occurs when the ball carrier is tackled and players from each side make contact over the ball which is on the ground (it differs from a maul where the ball stays in the hands of the ball carrier).

The ruck videos and drills below contain clear coaching advice and tips explaining the correct technique for how to enter the ruck through the gate, make powerful and safe contact and how to powerfully drive and clear the ruck.

The laws of the game state a player can only join a ruck from behind the back foot of the last player and the player has to bind properly using the whole arm. This passage of play ends when the ball leaves the ruck.