A rugby lock provides power in the scrum and soars to great
heights in the line-out. Height and weight needed. Is this where you will be good.
Of the 8 'forwards' in a team, three form the front row in scrums
right behind them - and I mean right behind!
are the two players called locks.
Locks are more vizible in lineouts, where they can be seen
leaping for the ball like this
Rugby locks leaping for the ball in a lineout
The more the locks
resemble substantial columns, towers of strength, the better!
Height is great
Lots of muscle is good
Weight is good
Handling ability is good
Agility is good
Mobility is good
Neck strength is useful,
guarding against pressures in scrums
Weight and leg power are important for pushing, leaping
locks bind to each other and to the props.
When the ball has been put into the scrum the locks provide
power and balance to help manoeuvre the scrum or keep it stable.
The locks also guide the ball smoothly through
to the rear of the scrum for the scrum-half to take possession.
When the ball goes out of play over the sideline,
play is restarted with a lineout.
Locks, with their height advantage, are the main targets when the ball is
thrown into the lineout by the hooker.
As line-outs are frequent the team relies on locks for a good share of possession.
You should win your own throw.
Doing that consistently needs good locks,
combined with good strategy,
good throws from the hooker
and good lifts from the props
- a huge amount of skillful co-operation.
A fair amount of fakery is needed.
As a lock you change positions in the line-out
so you can hide your intentions.
Yes, acting ability is useful in rugby!
Make the opposition think one thing
then do something different.
Often at the top of the jump the lock will catch the ball
and use agility to throw it to the scrum-half without pausing
Or if needed,
may bring the ball down to ground level
and combine with the other forwards to
drive ahead towards the opposition goal-line.
When the opposition throws the ball
into the line-out - the locks defend.
One way to defend is to work out where the ball is going
and jump to disrupt or even win possession.
Another way is to remain on the ground
and concentrate on making sure
you prevent breaks through the line,
especially when close to your own goal-line.
In general play
Even though locks are big players
they are expected to be and need to be mobile.
When a tackle occurs
forwards arrive and struggle for possesion.
Locks are not the first to arrive
but good locks will be close behind the first arrivals.
Locks provide much of the power the "go forward"
in rucks and mauls which follow a tackle.
They also provide the physical "presence" to maintain possession
before moving the ball to the backs.
The player sizes pages
give information about the size of locks.
The lock is expected to do much more than used to be the case.
To run and handle well is now very much more part of the package.
The rugby lock is a mobile, skillful, agile, tower of strength!
I don`t recall seeing one sidestep, maybe you will be the first!