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Clearing the ball

The scrumhalf is responsible for clearing the ball from the ruck and very rarely gets involved in one. His job is to wait for the ruck to be protected - then gather and pass the ball to his waiting team…

Off-side at the ruck Featured

Once a ruck is formed an imaginary off-side line forms from behind the last grounded player on each teams side of the ruck. Any player that is further up field then their line is off-side. What to do... An off-side…

Piling into the ruck!

A Ruck is, at best, chaos with countless players throwing their weight into an ever increasing mass of bodies. And when a frenzy for the ball starts, there's no telling how ugly it can get! What to do... Once a…

Entering through the Gate Featured

Once a ruck has been formed any other players wanting to join the ruck, either to protect the ball or gather, must do so through an area called 'The Gate'. This area is directly behind your side of the ruck…

Cleaning Out

Opposition players can cause frustration by deliberately blocking you from getting to the ball. Players grounded / standing on the wrong side of a ruck is an example of this. What to do... Any opposition player preventing access to a…