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Crouch-Bind-Set Training

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  • Support from players and coaches critical to success
20.1 Forming a Scrum

(g) The referee will call "crouch" and then "bind". The front rows crouch and using their outside arm each prop must bind. A loose head prop must bind on the opposing tight head prop by placing the left arm inside the right arm of the tight head and gripping the tight head prop’s jersey on the back or side. A tight head prop must bind on the opposing loosehead prop by placing the right arm outside the left upper arm of the opposing loose head prop and gripping the loose head prop’s jersey with the right hand only on the back or side. The props must not grip the opponent’s chest, arm, sleeve or collar. Following a pause, the referee will then call "set" when the front rows are ready. The front rows may then engage. The “set” call is not a command but an indication that the front rows may come together when ready. The sanction for any infringement will be a free kick.

(i) Charging. A front row must not form at a distance from its opponents and rush against them or pull them.

The following clips show the engagement sequence in action.

Footage courtesy of the RFU / Loughborough University

We'll now look at each part of the sequence in detail.