RUGBY POSITIONS


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FORWARDS
#1 AND #3's - PROPS - stronger, larger players who are positioned in the front row of the scrum.

#2 - HOOKER - Someone with quick reaction time who is positionined in the front row between the two props. There job is to hook the ball back with their feet to the back of their scrum.

#4 AND #5's - LOCKS - usually taller players who are good jumpers. They are the intended targets in lineouts and are sometimes lifted by props to get higher in the air. They are also the second row players in the scrum behind the props and hookers that bind the scrum together.

#6 AND #7's - FLANKERS - strong, faster players (not the fastest on the team but quick). They are positioned on the outsides of the scrum and are usually the first to break away from the scrum to either tackle the ball carrier or support their teammates.
Blindside Flanker #6 - positioned on the side of the scrum which is cloest to the touchline (sideline). Narrow side of field.
Openside Flanker #7 - positioned on the side of the scrum that is on the open field side. The openside flanker is usually the
quicker of the two flankers as they have more ground to cover.

#8 - NUMBER 8 - Is like a running back in football. They are positioned at the back of the scrum and have a similar role as the flankers do.
They are usually one of the first support people to arrive in a ruck.

BACKS:

#9 - SCRUM HALF - usually a smaller, quick player with a lot of skill that has good vision of the field (sees the play developing). This is the player that moves the ball from the forwards (scrum) to the backs. They are usually positioned behind every scrum, maul, ruck and lineout so that they are the first to get the ball. On defense, off the scrum, ruck, maul, they are usually make the first tackle.

#10 - FLY HALF - must be a skilled passer and kicker. Usually a fast runner that has good fakes (in passing and side stepping).

#11 & #14 - WINGS - These players are very speedy players (sometimes big, sometimes small). They are positioned on the outsides of the field (the cloest players to the touch line/side line). These players usually have awesome side stepping ability with quick accelleration.

#15 - FULLBACK - The full back stands back to cover defensive options as a 'sweeper' behind the main line of defence. The full back is like safety, they stay back to be the last lines of defense and to catch the opposition's kicks. Therefore, good tackling, catching, and kicking skills are needed.
#12 & #13 - CENTERS - # 12 is the INSIDE center. - is typically bigger and more creative than the outside centre. In defence or attack, the inside centre is always in the thick of the action. Having good kicking and passing skills is a big advantage in this position as they will replace the FLY HALF while they are in ruck or maul.
- #13 is the OUTSIDE center - The outside centre tends to be the faster of the two centres. They make the breaks through the opposition backs before offloading to the wingers after drawing the last line of defence. Good size and tackle breaking skills are very important for outside centres to have. They may also need to be very aggressive in defence, especially when a team is using a rush up style defence.

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