An insider's guide to rugby's dirty tricks

Rugby positions based on the scrum. You will be able to create chaos in attack and get out of tricky defensive situations. Create an attacking overlap, in a 3v2, 2v1 situation. People from across a huge range of body shapes and sizes will find a suitable position in a rugby team. A kickoff also occurs after a team scores a try. You are here

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Lets start with how. The kick is used for three main reasons: How to use the kick to your advantage: We've already talked about kicking up the pitch towards there try line, so what else can you do: It put massive amounts of pressure on the fullback, or player catching, and the ball is often knocked on; the player chasing the ball may even be able to catch the ball or tap it back allowing you to retain possession, this can be a great one to test the fullback but as always, if its not working stop doing it.

The chip is used actually used more when you make a break and you only need to beat one or two players. This is used when your're inside the oppositions 22 meter line, you kick towards the opposite side of the pitch around 10m behind the opposing line for your winger to catch and hopefully score; similar to the chip its not used an awful lot because its hard to pull off but when you do its an amazing moment, remember to communicate with your winger that you're doing this.

Okay, remember to practice; Passing; Tackling; and kicking. Posted by jamie at There are two props in a pack, called loosehead left prop and tighthead right prop. Both sides demand enormous strength and attention to technique. However, the tighthead position is seen as the more difficult and important of the two because of the fact that the tighthead prop has to deal with the opposition pushing from two sides, compared to the loosehead prop having only one player to push against.

They are also critical in both winning and supporting rucks and mauls, and play important parts during a line-out by either lifting a jumper or binding on to the ball carrier. Still of a decent size but not nearly as big as the props , the hooker resides between both props, and is supported by the props by tightly binding on with them to the point that the hooker is able to free up one foot for raking the ball.

Because the props on either side of the hooker will need both feet on the ground to push as much as possible, by raking the ball backwards the hooker is the first player with a chance to secure possession of the ball during a scrum.

The hooker is also the player responsible for throwing the ball in during a line-out. Along with helping on rucks and mauls, the hooker usually dictates the movement of the forwards during a match, setting up a short run by another forward or instructing other forwards on where to position themselves when on defense.

They support the props and hooker during a scrum, both by binding on underneath and keeping the front row props and hooker tight, and by providing additional pushing strength. They are often the tallest players on the team, and will do the majority of the jumping during a line-out.

Locks are also considered to be better ball carriers than most of the other forwards. Like all other forwards, they are involved in most of the rucks and mauls that take place during a game.

Much like locks, there are two flankers in a pack. No forward is allowed to disengage from the scrum until the ball is called out except the eight man in some instances. Either way, flankers are sometimes a temporary connection between forwards and backs, as they often are involved with both groups during a match.

The Eight Man is the forward located at the very rear of the pack, and occupies the spot where the scrum half picks up the ball from a scrum. Return to Select a topic. There are 8 forwards in a team. 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. 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.

Ball on ground, with feet it's rucking. Ball off ground, with hands it's mauling. Find out more about rucking and mauling in the section on how to play rugby. The "forwards" also work together in defence , co-operating to stop the opposition from moving the ball towards your goal-line. There are groups within the pack named in relation to the places they take up in a scrum.

Front row of the scrum. The front row forwards group consists of a chunky hooker number 2 and two even chunkier props numbers 1 and 3. Always Loose head prop on the Left. Always Tight head prop on the Right. The hooker is bound to both props, with one arm around each of them. Each prop binds to the hooker with one arm and to the opposition prop with the other arm.

The second row of the scrum. The second row group contains lock and lock. Yes there are two of them! The strong and tall numbers 4 and 5. Players in the front row and the second row positions are collectively called the "tight five" because they are all bound tightly to each other in scrums.

The locks are side by side in the scrum, bound to each other with one arm and bound to the prop in front of them with the other arm. Back row of the scrum. Players in the back row have had a few names over the years. The players on either side of the back row used to be called "wing forwards".

Because they are bound only loosely to the tight 5 they have been known as "loose forwards". They break away quickly from scrums and lineouts so have been know as "break-aways".

They are now known as flankers. Each flanker is bound to a lock by one arm. The other arm is free. In the middle of the back row, at the very back of the scrum is the big number eight. The number 8 binds to the two locks, with one arm around each. The backs provide more of the speed, agility and evasiveness required in many cases to score tries. They tend to be smaller, faster, more elusive players. This is only a guide! Many are large and fast! Many are not elusive!

This is good, for you. You'll take part in back-line movements where the ball is swept from one side of the field to the other by running at high speed, passing accurately and catching flawlessly.