They tend to be the bigger, stronger, heavier players in the team.
These are the players who use size and strength
to get the ball and move it towards the opposition goal-line.
They`re also the positions known collectively as "the pack".
In the forwards be prepared to make short bruising runs with the ball against
their biggest, strongest players. In many cases making a gain of a few metres is what you are striving for.
You will also be defending against their biggest players, trying to avoid giving up any ground to wave after wave of attackers.
Forwards also take part in "set piece" contests for the ball.
One is known as a "scrum", where forwards from both teams bind together
using their bulk, strength and ability to work together to get the ball.
Each set of forwards aims to bind tightly together to form one solid mass.
You do this to prevent the other pack from 'splintering' or breaking up and weakening the efforts of your pack.
When you are in the scrum you also aim to keep low and have a straight back, parallel to the ground.
Doing this helps you push more efficiently and resist the push of the opposition pack more effectively.
Another set piece is the "line-out" where the forwards contest for possession
of the ball after the ball has gone out of play over the side line.
The lineout needs tall players to leap for the ball and strong players to assist the leapers.
During the course of a game it is usually clear which team has possession of the ball.
You can see it being passed from hand to hand as players run with it.
At other times it becomes unclear which team has possession.
Informal struggles for the ball take place.
It's usually and mainly the forwards who
struggle to gain possession but any player can be involved in it.
This is about the other lot. You beat them and win the game.
This section is to tell you the best way to defeat
the opposition is to find out all about how you do it with
This tends to be a neglected area of the roles of positions in rugby.
Many players attempt to run through or over the opposition but players in every position
can benefit by learning to use clever footwork to avoid tacklers.
You will progress rapidly in any position if you treat evasion as a basic skill. Just
knowing this is extremely valuable information.
It's a skill which most players never learn in their entire playing career.
All player positions involve both attack and defence.
Treat evasion as a vital part of your role in any position.
You will be able to create chaos in attack
and get out of tricky defensive situations.
You`ll be pleased you did, it`s all about
how you avoid tackles
when the opposition are trying to put you on the floor!.
So, that`s it for positions. Work out where you would play well and
... learn to sidestep so you
...... play good rugby then find and
......... help others
............ be a team, above all remember,
............... have fun!!.