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Posted by: shipwrecked
Date: 07/08/2019 12:15
More significant though is the increase in player fitness and mobility. This is most apparent when, following a turnover, you see props covering 40-50 metres in a few seconds to rejoin and reform a defensive line. Twenty years ago, if the ball was turned over in your 22 and a three-quarter got their hands on the ball reasonably quickly, none of the 6 front-rowers present would expect to be involved in the game until the next scrum.

I clearly don't watch enough live rugby! 3 seconds for props to cover 40-50m is faster than Bolt, but I'm being pedantic.

The point is that not only has fitness changed but the Laws as well, back in the olden days those props would have to fight their way off the floor first.

Rucking may or may not be the answer but having forwards waiting on their feet to go to the next breakdown simply reduces space. Get rid of the hand on the shoulder binding and make the forwards in that position actively defend that space so they are committed to that breakdown and not free to rumble of to the next.

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