The Scrum

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All members of the scrum need to be balanced when they set up. This is done by taking their body weight on the “balls” of their feet. The player’s weight should not be on their heels as this will result in a slow engagement.

They also should not be on their toes as this will result in muscle fatigue and loss of balance prior to engagement. This applies to all members of the pack. Hookers and the No 8 will set up split legged, but maintain his body weight on the“balls” of his feet. Locks can choose whether they set up split legged or square, similar to the props. Every member of the pack must also have an even distribution of weight over both feet. This will help provide a stable pushing platform.