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Scrum Ready

The starting point is to understand the individual body shape required of all participants. Players must adopt and maintain a strong and stable body position throughout the process.

Players should progress to the next stage only when they can demonstrate competence at each stage of the process as defined below.

Players should NOT play in the scrum until they are Scrum Ready.

In the images on the following pages, the player in red is the player going through the the Scrum Ready process.

Advice offered for each stage holds true for subsequent stages.


Player safety research for the scrum tells us that:

  • The propensity for injury (risk per scrum event) has been rated as the highest for all contact events studied
  • Reductions in scrum-related spinal injuries have been achieved through the introduction of compulsory injury prevention programmes
  • A mismatch in skill, experience or strength has been identified as a risk factor for injury in the scrum, with evidence of a mismatch of some type in 25% of all scrum injuries
  • Lack of experience of playing in the front row has been highlighted as a risk factor for injury and attributed in around 40% of scrum injuries
  • Several studies have identified that up to 50% of scrummaging injuries occur during the engagement phase