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A little known way of powering up your front row by David Clarke
December 16, 2008, 9:58 am
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Coaching, Rugby Skills | Tags: , , , , ,

Most props will bind tight to the hooker. It makes sense. The opposition will want to isolate the hooker so he cannot strike for the ball as effectively. The opposition tight head (or right side prop) with his hooker will pressurise your hooker.

To counter this, the props will grab a great lump of their hooker’s shirt or shorts, normally under the arm and pull in the hooker.

But this is counter productive.

Many of your props will do weights. Ask them whether is easy to lift dumb bells with wide arms or with the elbows bent, thus pulling the dumb bell into the shoulders. The bent elbow method is easier, because the prop’s arms are stronger through this range.

In which case, the prop should use the “short arm” method, with a bent elbow, probably gripping the number on the hooker’s back.

Your props will be squarer and your push and protection stronger.

I mention this method because Andrew Millward, one of the main contributors to Secrets of the Front Row and now academy manager at the Ospreys reminded me about it last night.

It ties in nicely with Doug McClymont’s explanation of the Total Impact Method of scrummaging he developed with All Black scrum guru, Mike Cron, in this month’s Rugby Coach Newsletter.

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