Talk:Scrum (rugby union)

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Error in diagram?[edit]

The diagram does not have rotational symmetry. The dark-coloured team has 6 on its left, while the light-coloured one has 6 on its right. Is this intentional? --Doradus (talk) 05:00, 3 February 2008 (UTC)

My mistake. The article text describes this further on. Perhaps the openside and blindside should be marked on the diagram to make this clear? --Doradus (talk) 05:07, 3 February 2008 (UTC)


There is no mention of wheeling in the article. Gam3 (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 17:51, 28 November 2009 (UTC).

ref error[edit]

reference 11 dosn't go to the right article Petethewhistle (talk) 01:51, 21 December 2009 (UTC)

Which side ?[edit]

Could someone please add the rule that specifies from which side the ball has to be thrown into the scrum by the scrumhalf ? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:31, 17 July 2011 (UTC)

There is no such law - however, it would be silly for a scrum half to put the ball in on the tight head side as the opposition hooker would have the advantage as the ball gets to him first. (talk) 10:05, 15 May 2012 (UTC)

Update to the lede[edit]

Hi All. I'm not an expert - which is why I am here reading the page - but I think the lede might need to be updated. It states: "In rugby union a scrum is a means of restarting play after a minor infringement. It involves up to eight players from each team, known as the pack or forward pack, binding together in three rows and interlocking with the free opposing teams forwards. At this point the ball is fed into the gap between the two forward packs and they both compete for the ball to win possession. Teams can be penalised for intentionally causing the scrum to collapse, and for not putting the ball into the scrum correctly. A scrum is most commonly awarded when the ball is knocked forward, or passed forward, or when a ball becomes trapped in a ruck or maul. Because of the physical nature of scrums, injuries can occur, especially in the front row." My concerns are as follows: 1. "It involves up to eight players from each team...". Does is involve "up to eight" or eight? In what circumstances is it less than eight? If there aren't any then it should say "It involves eight players from each team". 2. "It involves up to eight players from each team..." but then "At this point the ball is fed into the gap between the two forward packs and they both compete for the ball to win possession". Isn't the pall fed into the scrum by a ninth player? I think this whole thing will be confusing to someone who doesn't know what a scrum is. I do and it's confusing to me! FillsHerTease (talk) 08:29, 14 January 2015 (UTC)