There are many rugby skills from basketball as you may imagine. Even small amounts of play may help you improve rugby skills.
Basketball hasn't always been about strolling around in shorts down to your ankles waiting for a time-out.
When I played - rightly or wrongly, it was at break-neck speed.
Of course I`m joking, I`m being unfair.
Some shorts I saw recently were only down to their knees! Juuust kidding!
I`ve seen tons of fast paced basketball.
It's like rugby - great to play and watch and at higher levels goes in cycles. One style of play becomes prominent (and boring?) for a while before being replaced by exciting play again.
I`m not suggesting you take up basketball just to improve your rugby skills - although that`s a very good idea!
There are opportunities everywhere - from simple flat hard surfaces to basketball hoops, half courts and full courts.
I suggest you will improve your rugby skills from basketball play.The most important thing you may find is that you can`t just use brute force and barge through defences. You have to scheme and use subterfuge. You have to think a good deal, move the ball around to find weak spots.
Basketball involves loads of stuff useful in rugby...
I remember I wanted to be good at basketball and I was relatively small so decided I had to be able to jump well.
I spent hours and hours, day after day, week after week at the side of the house with a piece of chalk in my hand.
I stood and jumped or ran and jumped and made a mark - always trying to get higher!
It paid off in a strange way.
I had so much spring in my legs I ended up being able to hop almost as fast as I could run - great for sidesteps!