working out where the real threats will come from.
Will it be a kick through
which you take because
you have judged well where it`s going.
If the ball spins along the opposition
back-line you sweep behind the backs in your back-line
and stop breaks or prevent overlaps forming.
Be prepared for "Bombs" - high kicks
(up and unders)
put up especially to test your nerve.
Make sure you practice until you
catch them perfectly every time.
Then practice more,
so you can deal with pressure situations.
When the ball is no longer playable because it has 'gone into touch',
play is restarted by having a lineout,
Your work as a fullback is similar to what you do when there is a scrum.
You cooperate with the other players in the backline so you know
when and how to inject yourself into the attack if your side gets the ball.
At other times you will patrol the wide open spaces, dealing with any kicks
and providing the last line of defence after other players have missed tackles
or been bamboozled by evasion techniques.
If you are a good kicker and a lineout is near your own line, you may well be
the player who receives the ball and is expected to make a clearing kick.
Use the kicking section to learn. Fullbacks need them all!
Always be aware that even if you plan well, you may not cover everything
and you must be prepared.
When you practice enough, your skills will be so good
you will naturally deal with any situation that unfolds.
In general play
Full-backs must to be
good tacklers, good at catching,
able to read the game well, skillful,
speedy and tactically aware.
Full-backs are not closely involved in scrum and line-out play.
Their duties outlined for set pieces,
which always involves defending
and often involves attacking,
are the essential general play of the full-back.
It amounts to being the last line of defence
and a surprise additional attacker when needed.
communicate well and work hard
to co-operate with wingers
who hang back at times to help
defend large areas of territory.
Sometimes they combine to turn defence into attack.
You often find yourself covering large areas of the field and deciding where
you should be.
It`s a matter of general experience and knowledge of the players you are
playing against. You must
defend against chip and chase or grubbers - they will happen more in your
half of the field. Be close enough behind the three-quarters to get
to the ball before the chasers.
defend against high and long opposition clearing kicks. Be sure you
are positioned so they can`t kick over or past you because it`s
always more difficult to turn, chase the ball and deal with
attackers you can`t see.
defend against attackers breaking through the defensive line. You
need to be close enough to deal with a break if you are the only
player available, yet stay out of it if you can, so you can still perform
as the last line of defence.
You constantly reassess your position.
You make sure you are near enough
in case one thing happens and far enough away in case another thing happens!
Also adjusting your position across the field for the same reasons.
Players like Christian Cullen grew into their positionsm they weren't
Like you and any other player, once you find out what to do you
just can`t practice enough because you enjoy it so much
and become a good player.
Visit player sizes.
to see height, weight and build of elite fullbacks and compare with other
Some famous full-backs, no particular order!
If you find yourself performing the function of the full back on the field
you can benefit hugely like other sidesteppers.
You can often beat
the first one or two chasers and start a counterattack when the players
of both teams are scattered and disorganised - the best time to do it!.
Maybe you will be one.
Here`s a great example of the damage you can do from full back...