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TigerAwood
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Scrum formation

Post by TigerAwood » Sat Mar 24, 2018 9:33 pm

Quick question for those with long memories. When did the scrum formation change and why? Back in the dark ages when I played scrum half the scrum always was 3 in the front row 2 in second row and 3 in the back row. Now scrum always packs down as 3 front row 5 second row and 1 back row yet everyone always says the back row consists of nos 6 7 and 8.

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Re: Scrum formation

Post by Mark62 » Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:12 pm

Short answer is it hasn’t. What has changed is the importance placed upon the back row to be part of the scrummaging effort, with the flankers pushing the props in and forward and the 8 providing support to the locks.
The modern theory is that the middle 4 are bound as they go down to keep things tighter.
Gone are the days of wing forwards bound loosely on the side ready for a quick get away.

Still front, 2nd and back rows though :smt023

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Re: Scrum formation

Post by BengalTiger » Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:58 am

I do not know if there is a law on the formation of the scrum, I do remember the hand of back incident was only possible because Back had moved up the scrum to help Garforth who was being illegally turned in by the Claw, being in a position to rob the ball was a happy by-product, so in that scrum we had in effect 4 in the front row!

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