Specific Positions

Whats your position on the rugby pitch? We explain the roles and demands of specific positions on the pitch including prop forward, hooker, second row, back row, fly half, srum half, centres, wingers and full back.

To play as a prop players must enjoy the contact side of the game and be very strong. Broad shoulders and a short neck are other advantages because of the force applied through the spine.

The hooker is a very important player in every team, as they are 1 of the main ball winners. The job of the hooker at the scrum when the opponents are putting in is to make it difficult for them by applying pressure. On the hookers own teams put in they must try to win the ball by striking it down the target channel.

Strength and height are an important attribute to any lock player. Within the scrum their strength is important to work against their opponents push forward and also to drive their own scrum forward when attacking. They help to back up the front row and provide extra support for them.

Playing the scrum half position is one of the most important roles within a team. The scrum half is the link between the backs and forwards. Every time the scrum half is in possession of the ball a quick decision of whether to kick, run, or pass will have to be made.

The back row consists of the two flankers on either side and the number 8 at the back. All players in the back row need to help out in both attacking and defensive situations. Speed and good contact skills are important in playing a back row role.

The fly half is another influential position in the team, as their main role is to bring all of the attacking players into the game. Fly halfs need to have good vision, be controlled in possession, a quick thinker, and have good all round ability.

A center must have good ball handling and contact skills. This position also needs a player with high game intelligence to create space for overlapping players. Centers must be able to ride and dodge tackles, and being quick is a definite advantage.

Speed is almost essential for any player wanting to play on the wing. Strength and agility are also useful attributes, to run through and dodge tackles. It is important that wingers attack the space, but also look out for other options, like supporting players.

A full back needs to be quick, strong in the tackle, and a good ball handler. The ability to use a range of passes and kicks will also make a better full back. As well as having great potential for attack, full backs also have to be prepared to make tackles in defensive situations.