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Rugby positions basics tells how to work out the positions where you
can do your best - depending on age, physical characteristics and grade.
Different positions suit
different sizes and shapes of player
and need different skills, qualities and temperaments.
The higher the level you want to play
the more specialised the position becomes and
the more important it is to be in the right position for you.
There are 15 positions in a team.
Two important groupings are forwards and backs.
Make an effort to find out about what is required for each position -
you are more likely to enjoy yourself when you play.
The younger you are ,the easier it is.
When you are starting off
you may be given little choice about where you play.
You may already admire a player and
want to be like that player and want to play that position.
If that`s so, it`s maybe a good starting point.
Tell the person in charge about it...but it might not happen
Make sure you are flexible,
you may be better in another position.
Wherever you play you will gather skills and experience.
With years ahead, you have time to play every position if you want to!
Early in a rugby career many of the positions have very similar requirements.
Physically, who knows - you change, so look after yourself!
Older players starting off may have more choice.
Find out what`s needed for each position.
Compare what a position requires
with your own physique, skills and temperament
My guess is that vacant positions in the team
may affect the view of the coach
about which is the best position for you!
With some research and a bit of thinking
you will be able to voice your preferences.
Make sure you too, are flexible.
Concentrate on the game, get into it, help the team.
You can always change positions when you know more
and you`ll really enjoy yourself.
Bear in mind these basics
You want to enjoy yourself - true?
Sometimes, depending on age and grade of the game
these overall physical requirements
can be rendered unimportant
by a player with
heaps of enthusiasm and attitude.
This is more for older players
rather than children considering playing rugby
Many people learn to play rugby at school.
Others are not so fortunate!
If you are new to rugby and interested in playing
I`m guessing it`s for the social side,
where performance is not hugely important.
Or maybe you`re college age and want to get serious about it!
Either way, look closely
at what is required to play each position.
For social players it`s important.
Look for a position where
you will enjoy yourself
and minimise the risk of injury.
For competitive environments
look for a position where
you maximise the advantages of
your physical and mental attributes.
You will acquire skills quickly because you have the right attitude.
This site will help you.
With physical and mental attributes suitable for rugby
search for good ways to acquire the skills. Hint - stay on this site!
Try the page about
being the best player you can be
for tips on how to get the most out of this site,
Look for the good
to learn and good ways to do it.
You can pack a lot into a short time.
You may want to find out about all player positions.
You could find it very useful...
So there you have it, rugby positions basics.
For all the player positions in a team follow the link below.
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