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
  • exercise regularly
  • 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 bigger players.
  • 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 skills 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.