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.
For a ruck to form...
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.
The ball must be on the ground
It must be in the area enclosed by the goal-lines and touch lines
Minimum of one player from each of the teams
Players must be in contact physically
Players must be near the ball
Players must be and attempt to remain on their feet
Remember the ruck
Have fun - memorize this image, you'll remember all about the ruck.
When a ruck is taking place
Players must try to stay on their feet
Heads/shoulders of players must be at or above hip height
Players must avoid collapsing the ruck
Each team has an offside line, parallel to other lines across the pitch
and just behind the player's foot furthest back in the ruck
To join the ruck you must arrive from behind the imaginary offside line
and bind to the player who is furthest back in the ruck
All other players must be behind or go behind their offside line.
Within the ruck, the ball can be played only with your feet.
No hands allowed.
Reason for a ruck...
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
The end of the ruck
According to the Laws, a ruck ends successfully
"when the ball leaves the ruck".
This is a GREY AREA in games. It would seem the ball has to pop out by itself.
The Laws state that handling the ball in the ruck is not permitted
and yet a player at the back is usually allowed to reach behind the last feet,
pick up the ball and remove it.
It's a good idea to ask the match official before the game starts
how this Law will be interpreted!