Return to scrummaging should be introduced incrementally, with the initial emphasis on individual scrum specific conditioning and technique work.
When players are ready, they can move to 1 v 1 building to 5 v 5 before finally practising 8 v 8 in a controlled environment.
We recommend keeping the number of match intensity scrums to a minimum. Instead, the focus should be on individual and unit body position/posture and building time in players respective positions.
For coaches looking for hints and tips we have a three stage Return to Scrummaging Guide available:
As part of the ongoing support for getting players back to rugby safely, we have the following webinars that we hope match officials, coaches, players and club officials will find useful.
Mauling – Players will also need to be reintroduced to mauling incrementally. The focus should be on individual body technique first before ‘live’ mauling is introduced