A rugby fly-half is the highly skilled, quick thinking, tactically clever
prominent player in the backs. You will see plenty of the ball,
make sure you can handle it
Fly-halfs (and other names!)
You must be able to bear a lot of name calling
because you`ll be called a lot of names!
Besides the one I have chosen
some others for fly-half are
first five-eighth (1st 5/8th)
and fly without-a-hyphen half
You are one of the 7 'backs' in the team.
Once the 'forwards' have won the ball, it's your job to make sure the ball
is used well. You are a key player.
The flyhalf is positioned behind the scrum and away from the scrumhalf
Half-backs with a scrum
Fly-half physiques vary greatly, skills tending to matter more.
You need a full set of abilities and skills
ability. The scrum-half makes a long pass
you catch it on the move
Great vision so you can see all the options
Great thinking/decision making so you take the best options
Good speed and acceleration
Agility and elusiveness (ability to
Expert kicking skills
At scrum time
There are many scrums in games. They are used to restart play after a minor
rule has been broken.
When you win the scrum, the ball comes through to the back of the scrum.
The scrum-half in line with the game plan and the unfolding situation
frequently passes to the fly-half.
To receive the ball you stand
deep enough (towards your goalline) and wide enough (away from the scrumhalf)
to make it difficult for opposition tacklers (usually their flankers and flyhalf)
to get to you
near enough for the scrum-half to give a fast, flat and accurate pass and
to make it easier to get across the (imaginary)
With a good scrum-half and you at fly-half, you will usually receive
passes from the scrum-half out in front of you so you can run onto them,
gain momentum and get an advantage.
You make decisions
From your position on the field you will have a good overall view of the game.
You are at the centre of things.
You will be the main decision maker in the team.
When you get the ball you will have been
reading the game.
You will know what the options are
to get across the advantage line or
take advantage of a defensive error by the opposition
to your 'centres' or maybe to another player unexpectedly
injecting themselves into the line
for field position or into space for yourself
other backs to run on to
As a rugby fly-half in the frantically changing situation
of a rugby match you will be guided by
your ability to assess quickly
any attacking advantages
any opposition defensive weaknesses
You must do all this yet watch for and evade, if possible,
the opposition forwards who are trying to put the you on the floor!
When the other team gets the ball you must tackle any ball carriers coming
your way and provide covering defence in case someone misses a tackle.
It all takes loads of practice but ensures you are on the spot,
you are ready and you can do it all again!
When the ball 'goes into touch', play is restarted with a lineout.
It's similar to getting the ball from a scrum.
You must make good decisions about what you are going to do with the ball
and be able to move quickly to make it happen.
In general play
Fly-halves tend to be
more elusive, skillful, quick thinking, tactically aware players.
Your main aim of course, is always to score more points. Usually by moving
the ball into the opposition ingoal area and scoring tries.
You are constantly working to drive forward, "make ground" and move the ball
to the weakest area of the opposing defensive line so you can
carry the ball through to score.
You will strive to
get the ball over the advantage line (the imaginary line, drawn across
the field, dividing the two teams)
by running almost straight (towards the opposition)
by running elusively
with long kicks to gain ground
with chip kicks to avoid opposition tacklers
with high "up-and-unders" for backs to charge on to
with grubber kicks to get in behind opponents
with passes to faster players in better positions
with cut out passes to create overlaps
with moves to confuse the opposition
with dummies to supporting players
with passes back inside to rampaging loose forwards
by looping round after passing, to create an "extra player" as often
At fly-half you will have many options available.
You are a good fly-half when you consistently make decisions
which move the ball forwards.
With you at fly-half, mixing up the options taken (passing, kicking, running)
your team has a real advantage. The other team will find it really difficult
knowing what to expect next.
They will delay committing to tackles when uncertain and
tend to weaken overall in their defensive patterns.
You will make it more difficult for them when you can sidestep.
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Famous fly-halfs include...
Many were expert sidesteppers.
Perhaps you will be the next one.
Especially if you
know the ins and outs of EvtecHs