Are Scrumhalves allowed to run with the ball? Posted about 4 years ago


Photo: Jeanfrancois Beausejour, Monaco

The scrum half has become the most influential player in the game.

With the ref being insistent on the tackler rolling away the amount of quick ruck ball has considerably increased – the area hardest to defend now is the first 3 defenders around the ruck. Defenders are scrambling – tending to come off the line laterally – allowing the 9 more latitude to pick up and run.

The good 9 s like Fourie and Genia attack the outside shoulder of the second defender and then have 2 or 3 runners attacking the fringe defenders.

If the ball is slower and the first 3 defenders are set, the 9s will not run but pass in the more traditional way – off the deck to a running forward or the standoff.

Good 9s pick their opportunity to attack on the speed of the ruck ball, as the speed of the ruck ball dictates the ability of the first 3 ruck defenders to take space square.

As soon as a defender turns his shoulders – the good 9s light up!

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Eddie Jones has had an extensive coaching career holding roles with teams including the Brumbies, Reds, Saracens, Australia, South Africa and most recently Suntory. Following on from successfully leading the ACT Brumbies to their first Super 12 title in 2001 Jones took charge of the Wallabies for the 2003 World Cup on home soil, and fell at the final hurdle as his side were defeated in extra time of the final by Clive Woodward's England. He continued on as coach until 2005, when his contract was terminated following a wretched run of results. From here Jones had a stint in an advisory capacity with English side Saracens and in 2007 was then appointed Queensland Reds coach. He then turned his back on coaching Australia again when he signed in an advisory role with South Africa working closely with head coach Jake White, securing the 2007 World Cup. After the World Cup Jones took up a full time position back at Saracens as director of rugby but left in 2009 for a role with Japanese side Suntory. Jones remains in Japan and is now head coach of the Japanese national side.

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