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The scrum

Before the match:

  • Check that all front row players are suitably trained for the level of the game
  • Speak to front row forwards and scrum halves to explain the sequence of the engagement process

At the scrum:

  • Be directive throughout the process
  • Ensure both packs are ready before initiating the engagement sequence
  • Ensure neither front row is driving down or have their shoulders below their hips
  • Check correct binding
  • Ensure the ball is thrown in straight down the tunnel
  • If the scrum becomes unstable, blow the whistle early and loudly
  • Ensure the defending side does not illegally disrupt possession
  • Ensure players not in the scrum remain onside
  • If you have any safety doubts, go to uncontested scrums