Here at LineoutCoach we want to help you to reach your rugby potential with our guide to rugby series. Below you will find listed our introductions to key aspects of the game, aimed at getting beginners up to speed on the basics.
LineoutCoach also regularly publish blogs on skills & drills, advice on nutrition and strength and conditioning as well as feature interviews with top players and coaches who share their advice on how to play the game. We have also published a comprehensive guide to the game, Rugby Revealed, which includes advice from over 100 top names in rugby who give an insight into what it takes to be the best in each rugby position and to work as a team.
To get you started here are our quick guide to rugby’s key elements.
The Rugby Team
All 15 players are on the field at all times and play in attack or defence based on possession. The team is notionally split into two groups, Forwards and Backs who work collectively in different elements of the game.
Forwards Pack (1-8)
The Forward Pack is involved in all set piece plays and contest the lineouts and scrums. Larger and more powerful than the Backs, they aim to win or retain the ball and drive the team up the field.
The Backs (9-15)
The Backs tend to be smaller than their Forward brothers as they need speed and agility to run the ball into space. They have to maximise the possession provided and get points on the board.
The rugby positions on a team each have a specific role to play. Different physical attributes are required, although strength and speed are key across the team.
As a young player it’s important to try out different positions as you learn the game and develop physically. This not only helps you gain an understanding of the different roles but also helps you find the position which makes best use of your skills and size.
While all positions have their skills and roles to perform individually, they also have close relationships with other players at Set piece and in open play. Understanding between these players is key if a team is to function fully as they work together in critical elements of attack and defence.
- Front Row (Loosehead, Hooker, Tighthead)
- Second Row (Locks)
- Tight Five (Loosehead, Hooker, Tighthead, Locks)
- Back Row (Flankers, No 8)
- Scrum half & Fly half
- Centre Partnership
- Back 3 (Wings, Full back)
How to Play Rugby
What is rugby? The ‘sport for everyone’ is what it is commonly called and this is true as there are positions on a team to match any size or skill type. Rugby Union is played around the world with major championships involving domestic and international teams from each hemisphere.
Rugby games are 80 minutes of action, 40 minutes per half. The two teams compete on a rugby field which is 100m long by 70m wide with the aim of getting passed the opposition and downing the ball over the try line. There are three officials who uphold the rules of rugby and the rugby rules state that a team is awarded 5 points for a try, 2 for a conversion and 3 for a penalty kick. Any behaviour which goes against the laws of the game sees a player receive 10 minutes in the sin bin for a yellow card offence or go off for a red.
In open play the ball cannot be passed forward and there are restarts called lineouts and scrums which are collectively known as the set piece.
What You Need to Play Rugby
You need specialised rugby gear to play rugby and some of these items are listed below. Safety is paramount so ensure you have the right kit before you try the game. Ensure your rugby boots are the right type for your position – do you need extra grip to play prop or spikes to sprint down the wing? Do you have a rugby jersey that can help keep you cool and rugby shorts that help you perform when lifted in the lineout? And of course you’ll need a rugby ball.
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