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Jason Leonard of England packs down for scrum

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Packing down in the front row, props need to be very strong in the upper body, shoulders, neck and legs.  Their primary objective in the scrum is to prevent it moving backwards. 

The loose-head needs to support the hooker by holding up his opponent, thus allowing them a clear sight of the ball and strike at the ball.  He also needs to resist pressure from his opponent tight-head, who, with two shoulders in contact, will be looking to dictate the scrum.

Likewise, the tight-head needs to ensure the scrum is solid and his hooker has a square-on position.  They also look to exert pressure on the opponent loose-head, with two shoulders in contact.

Also relishing one-on-one contact, props play an important role at the breakdown and lift in the lineout.

Practices should include: 

  • Scrummaging – supervised against a machine and opposition, including individual, in tandem with hooker, and complete front row practices.
  • Lineout – practice on correct supporting techniques for lineout jumpers, and blocking / binding techniques which offer protection to jumpers.
  • Ruck and Maul – effective, low driving techniques focussing on maximum impact with shoulders and powerful leg drives.

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