Rugby positions basics
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.
Age affects choice
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!
eat good quality food
in years to come you may be anything
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.
Physical characteristics affect choice
Bear in mind these basics
Bigger, heavier, stronger players go somewhere in the forwards
Smaller, faster, elusive players go in the backs
You want to enjoy yourself - true?
If you are comparatively small and in the forwards
you may be very uncomfortable! You will always be facing
In the backs and slower and less agile -
not much fun trying to keep up!
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.
Grade affects choice
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.
Improve your play - know all positions
You may want to find out about all player positions.
You could find it very useful...
you may find you like other positions more
you will know what to expect from players in other positions
and get insight into what they may expect from you
at times in a game you may find you are covering for a player
trapped out of position - it`s useful if you know what to do!
get a feel for the other positions so you know more about rugby play
in general and get an idea of what others are going through
So there you have it, rugby positions basics.
For all the player positions in a team follow the link below.