The hooker is a very important player in every team, as they are 1 of the main ball winners. The job of the hooker at the scrum when the opponents are putting in is to make it difficult for them by applying pressure. On the hookers own teams put in they must try to win the ball by striking it down the target channel.

The hooker has the responsibility of throwing on the line outs, then after throwing they must be ready to pounce on loose balls. If it is the oppositions line out then the hooker should defend the near side and stay close to the front of the line out.

Rugby Positions

In open play the hooker should be prepared to enter rucks and mauls in both attacking and defensive situations, fill open space, and tackle the ball carrier.

Description: When setting up for the scrum it is most common that the hooker will place both arms over those of the props and around their backs. The props will wrap their arm closest to the hooker around their back at waist height. Starting with the loose head prop, they do this before the hooker takes their grip.

When in the scrum the ball is always put in on the hookers left so that they are half a body closer to the ball than their opponent, but even though the hooker has this advantage they still need to strike the ball firmly and very quickly.

In the scrum the target channel is between the loose head props legs, and the hooker can find this channel by using the inside of their right foot to sweep the ball. Other ball striking techniques in the scrum include using the bottom of the boot to drag the ball back, or the heel to knock the ball through the channel.