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The ruck



  • Use conditioned games to develop support players’ decision-making skills
  • Practise and re-practise all contact skills
  • Use opposition progressively: e.g., touch, ruck touch, defenders with bags, full contact
  • Ensure all players maintain a strong body shape throughout the contact and emphasise the need to stay on their feet and be able to support their body weight at all times
  • Ensure all players are aware of the Laws governing the ruck, especially those relating to safety
  • Coaches should not coach and/or encourage ‘squeeze ball’ due to the risk of injury. At levels below U19, it is also an illegal act