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The Scrum Set up with Mike Cron

Recognised as the leading scrum in world rugby, The All Blacks guru Mike Cron delivers in his unique style all the tricks which have kept him a part of the All Blacks coaching environment for over a decade.

Part 1. The Scrum Set Up   48:46 Member content

In this video I will take you through a set up process that will ensure you have a safe, strong and balanced scrum and a group of players who have the understanding to peer coach each other’s set up position. “Set-up is the be all and end all of life.”

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Part 2. Scrum Engagement - Machine Based 26:00 Member content

In this video, All Black scrum coach Mike Cron take you through the learning process I believe in and coach for the scrum. These activities are scrum machine based.
We begin by checking individual set up position then move onto the engagement process.
Firstly individually to make sure they are all doing it correctly. Then into modules e.g Locks and number 8, and finally we put it all together as a pack.

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Duration 110:36
Topics Set Piece Player Programme
Applicable to Coaches  
Languages English , Español

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Great coaching, player buy in and I like the way Mike empowers players to come up with the answers

New Zealand

Have issue with LH putting outside leg forward to balance, this was a great help in getting the hips and balance sorted


Excellent presentation. I will inform our coaches about this one. Really enjoyed it and practice it with my boy.


A great master, able to explain with exceptional competence but simplicity too, all the propedeutical work to build a good scrum. Simply excellent


very good and I like it that as long as we as a scrum all follow the same system

South Africa

Excellent presentation with practical techniques that can be implemented immediately.


Simply put, MAGNIFICENT!! Thank you for emparting your wealth of knowledge.

New Zealand

Do you need another comment of praise? Probably not. But you’re getting one. That was brilliant!


This is so helpful, great technique and well explained.


OK. So this programme with centring makes “sense” of the Profile or Tower of Power. It gives it energy, resonance, strength, power. Then together in the scrum you can create a locked synergy which turns ordinary into extraordinary. This season we took our disjointed U13s forwards through this whole set up, building these values in and repeating it over and over. They have just won the Devon U13s Cup on a windy rainy afternoon against much bigger teams two of whom beat them massively at the start of the season. It works.


Great key points, locking mechanisms

New Zealand

Brilliant, as usual, I Watch it regularly, so I do not forget.


I think the Youtube version of this same video is more up to date, Mike setup skill are so easy to understand and apply. Excellent as ever Mike


Just taught a flyhalf how to scrum. Awesome


This guy is the Yoda


Could we get a quick new video of the best way to set up with the new engagement laws? Body position stays the same, but the initial set up is different with the bind instead of the touch pause.


Love the detail in this video, but as a trainer I completely disagree with forcing an anterior pelvic tilt before loading your spine. The safest and strongest point for your spine is neutral. To force hyper extension is actually weakening your spine. You need to encourage your players to find a neutral spine and then engage their core as they crouch to be able to maintain it while in scrum position.


Excellent video from a legend.


Very good video, but does this set-up still apply for the new scrum laws and sequence?


Great step by step video on scrummaging. I am an ex-boxer and its proven even with rugby a well balance body generate a lot of power. This will be a great help to my team.“Awesome”


Excellent video for anyone looking to get a consistent approach to scrummaging with their team. The attention to detail is spot on and the delivery is straight forward and easily applicable to all levels of the game.


This is precious knowledge from a legend. One of the most educational rugby videos I have seen. Great job.


My son is 9 and just starting out as tighthead prop. It’s his first year playing rugby and this is a must for body positioning…Great Stuff!

New Zealand

Currently planning a scrum fundamentals lesson and this is incredibly helpful. I’ll agree with Charles and say I wish I’d had this stuff back in the school days… And with Ian about getting more Cron!!! Awesome.


Brilliant techniques to get body positions sorted!


More Mike Cron please!! This is excellent and his delivery is spot on, he has the guys attention and they clearly learned a great deal.

Great Britain & Northern Ireland

I have heard a lot about the legendary Mike Cron’s coaching techniques. I wish that I had bought this video a lot earlier in my coaching days. It is an excellent video with attention to detail and I can recommend it to all forwards’ coaches. Over time I have built up a library of books and videos about various different topics. This video of Mike Cron rates as one of the best per category. I’ll definitely put it to good use.

South Africa

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