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Saturday, October 28, 2006

What do you think you are? A guide to positions

In my two inch thick pile of documents I received last week in my role of Regional Programme Manager was one item that will be of interest to you all, I thought.

Its a list of positions - and the RFUW's opinion of what abilities a person should ideally have to play in that position. Its a bit technical - but as many of the U17s are starting to specialise it may give pointers to where you need to improve your game, and for others - who may be wondering exactly where their ideal place on the field is - it may give a few pointers.

So here goes...

Props (1, 3):-

  • Basic knowledge of scrummaging
  • Ability to take and retain ball in contact
  • Decent level of upper body strength for lifting
  • Decent basic handling skills
  • Good body position and ability to make impact at the breakdown

Hookers (2):-

  • Solid basic throwing technique
  • Able to strike for the ball in the scrum (flexibility and technique)
  • Good level of fitness
  • Work rate and ability to tackle
  • Good support and ability to link play
  • Good “Go Forward” skills

Second Row (4, 5):-

  • Athleticism (lineout jumping)
  • Good aerial ability (handling)
  • Good size and impact at the breakdown
  • Dynamic work rate (not just plodding!)
  • Decent handling ability

Blind Side (6) :-

  • Physical impact and power
  • Strong tackler
  • Good ball retention
  • Impact at the collision
  • Good handling ability
  • Good support lines and link work
  • Good communication (defence)

Open Side (7):-

  • High levels of work rate
  • Strong in the tackle
  • Pressurize opposition
  • Support to ball carrier
  • Ball winner – especially on floor
  • Good handling for link support
  • Good communicator

Number 8 :-

  • Physical impact in defence and attack
  • Good ball carrier
  • Strong in the tackle
  • Good ball retention
  • Ability to stay strong in the tackle, especially if isolated
  • Good decision maker
  • Good communicator
  • Ability to offload

Scrum half (9) :-

  • Good passing skills (off two hands if possible)
  • Excellent decision maker
  • Strong communicator (attack and defence)
  • Ability to run with the ball (sniping)
  • Good kicking skills
  • Confidence

Fly half (10):-

  • Good all round ability
  • Excellent decision maker
  • Good hands
  • Good kicking skills
  • Vision and “heads up” play
  • Good communicator
  • Confidence

Centres (12, 13):-

  • Strong in defence
  • Decent hands
  • Decent kicking skills
  • Good ball retention
  • Good communicators
  • Good evasive skills
  • Ability to offload

Wingers (11, 14):-

  • Excellent evasive skills
  • Good pace
  • Ability to defend 1v1
  • Kicking skills (able to chip and re-gather?)
  • Willingness to work off the ball – not just stay on wing
  • Act as extra defensive cover off blind side wing

Full backs (15):-

  • Good communicator
  • Safe under high ball
  • Good individual defence
  • Decent kicking skills
  • Good pace
  • Ability to read a game
  • Good support and entry lines in attack

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