WATCH: Fascinating Look At How The ‘Pick & Go’ Has Evolved In Rugby

Jason Hennessy

Jason Hennessy

Jason is the editor here at RugbyLAD and a proud Limerick man.
Jason Hennessy

Try time.

The traditional ‘pick and go’ close to the try-line might not be the prettiest form of rugby – but when executed right it can be a devastating weapon for any team.

Over the years clubs like Munster have used it very effectively, with Exeter Chiefs the modern-day masters of it in the English Premiership. But what makes an effective ‘pick and go’?

Low body position and a good latch is key of course – but that’s only the beginning. Teams have started to bring in a third man more often that not creating a ‘scrum’ formation that allows the ‘eight’ to give the attacking team that extra momentum to get over the line.

As England and Wasps flanker Brad Shields points out below, getting reset as quick as possible and back into your formation is also key. The goal is to build up as much momentum and speed as possible, making it more and more difficult for the defence to realign and stop the onslaught in attack.

Check out the demo below featuring Shields, Lawrence Dallaglio and England women’s prop Rocky Clarke. It’s well worth a watch.