Know and understand the rugby ruck in rugby games. What, where, when, why and how so you can be confident about what you can and cannot do.
When the ball is on the ground and players are close to it, a ruck may form. The match official will decide when a ruck has formed and call out "Ruck!"
You need to know because it affects what you can and cannot do.
For a ruck to form...
The following conditions must be met.
Remember the ruck
Have fun - memorize this image, you'll remember all about the ruck.
Within the ruck, the ball can be played only with your feet.
No hands allowed.
It`s to create an orderly struggle for possession when the ball has gone to ground.
Using the skill, strength and bulk of the more powereful players, rucking is one of the rugby techniques for gaining possession of the ball.
Even if the ball is within the control of the opposing team, with the right combination of skill, strength and bulk the opposition can be pushed backwards over the ball and made to lose possession.
This technique is covered in more detail in rugby rucking.