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In 7's rugby, what is the best way to bind in the scrum??

In 7's rugby, what is the best way to bind in the scrum? Is it the same at 15's, I've seen props bind onto one another then the hooker sits in the middle but slightly back from the props. What is the advantage of doing this?

Andrew, in 7's you need to get your players to win the ball and then move away quickly to defend/attack. On the opposition put in if the hooker binds with his arms around the waist rather than the shoulders of the props he/she is more likely to be able to get way quickly once the ball has gone. It is a better position to push the opposition off the ball as well.

On your put in some hookers will prefer to bind over the shoulders as it helps ensure the winning of the ball which is, of course, the most important thing!

I hope this helps.

Simon

In NZ we tend to get props to bind first arms over shoulders, then get hooker to go between linking together by binding around hip level, this enables hooker for quick release and easy exit of scrum without getting tied up by oposition with ability of taking blind side.On your put in its esential that your props hold on to oppisition props keeping them in the scrum just that fraction longer leaving blind side available to attack and the amount of defensive traffic at a minimum. Tactics in scrums all depend on physical make up of your pack. Hope this helps

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