- Work as a unit with the lock to support the prop.
- Channel the ball to the number 8 when on the loose-head side.
- Push until the ball has left the scrum.
- Watch the ball as it moves through the scrum.
Lineout (seventh position)
- Position close to the opposition on your ball to control the movements of the opposing #7.
- Position away from the opposing #7 on their ball so that the flanker can run directly towards the opposition backs.
- Face the opposition.
- Be further infield than the opposing #7.
- Only contest lineout possession from infield of the opposition #7.
Field play (attack)
- Be the link player between the backs and the forwards to maintain continuity of play.
Field play (defence)
- From lineouts, move towards the ball and anticipate the ball carrier cutting back to make a tackle. Depending on the defence pattern, tackle the first receiver, usually the #10.
- From scrums, the requirement that loose forwards must remain bound until the ball is out will vary the degree to which the flanker can be involved in the first line of defence. This will depend on a number of factors, amongst them being scrum alignment, the depth of the #10, the length of #9’s passes and the ability of the #7. Flexibility and sound communication during a match can cause the role to vary.
- Stop any runners as soon as possible from scrums.
- When a tackle has been completed or partially completed, react to retain possession.