An Overview of the "Ruck" by Coach Kathy Flores

A ruck occurs when a tackle is made and at least one team member from either side is present and touching over the ball. When explained in this fashion a ruck seems fairly simple but add more bodies, off sides lines and 5 seconds within which to use the ball, it becomes a lot more complicated and is no longer assumed if you go into the ruck with the ball, you will maintain possession.

As coaches, we strive to build not just the skills involved with maintaining or reversing possession but also the decision making around the roles of each individual involved or arriving at the ruck.

Rucking is a collision sport unto itself with not only the offense working to secure their possession, but the defense looking to unsettle the ruck and ultimately win back possession. In the past, the offense committed as many players needed to maintain possession and stability at the ruck. Conversely, the defense has tried to commit as few as possible so as to maintain their defensive line. More recently, we have seen the evolution of counter-rucking where the defense continues to apply pressure at the ruck in terms of one or two defensive players driving into the ruck with the hopes of driving off the offensive supporters and winning back the ball.

As it has always been important for support players to be following closely to their ball carrier, counter rucking and poaching (a defensive player reaching over a tackled ball carrier and retrieving the ball) have made it that much more imperative for support to be immediate and for the ball carrier to “keep their feet”. The required use of available ball within the 5 second window now speeds up the game by encouraging recycling of the ball quickly.

FREE - SF Fog Rugby 101 Clinic!

Learn a Sport, Join a Family!
When: Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 11 am -1 pm
Where: SF Fog rugby pitch, 9th street & Ave D, Treasure Island

A big thanks to all who came out to the Rugby 101 clinic and DNA Pizza social! It was a lot of fun and great to see new faces. Check back here periodically for updates on future Rugby 101 clinics, and come join us on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm for practice. All are welcome!

Click here to see photos from Rugby 101 clinic!

Click here for a Rugby primer download

Special thanks to DNA Pizza for their wonderful hospitality!

SF Fog Rugby Fundraiser at Hi Tops!!

Fun, Rugby, and Friends!
When: Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 3-7pm
Where: Hi Tops Sports Bar, 2247 Market Street, San Francisco

Come join us (and bring lots of friends!) at Hi Tops, SF’s new sports bar in the gayborhood! Thanks to the generosity of Hi Tops and Tito’s vodka, we are fundraising to help raise $$ for the SF Fog Rugby club to attend Magnitude in Seattle!

$10 beer bust!
$3 vodka shots!

$5 select vodka drinks!


100% of proceeds benefit the SF Fog Rugby club!

Special thanks to:
Hi Tops
Titos Vodka

2013 SF Fog Schedule

Come Watch - Come Play! Our 2013 Season is Here!
Check back here for updated details for these and other games.

1/12/2013 SF Fog @ SFGG D3 (Home - 1pm)
1/19/2013 Aptos @ SF Fog (Away)
1/26/2013 SF Fog @ South Valley (Home)
2/16/2013 SF Fog @ Vallejo (Home - 1pm)
2/23/2013 SFGG D3 @ SF Fog (2:30 pm - SFGG Pitch, 725 California Av, @ Avenue M, Treasure Island)
3/2/2013 SF Fog @ Aptos (Home)
3/9/2013 South Valley @ SF Fog (HOME - 1pm)

NCRFU QuarterFinals: 04/13/2013 (Top 2 in each division plus 2 wildcards qualify)
NCRFU SemiFinals: 04/20/2013
NCRFU Finals: 04/27/2013 (Finalists advance to PCRFU semis)