If you’re new to rugby and need a bit of a helping hand, these tips will give you the edge when playing in league games.
Invest in Protective Gear
Rugby is an intense contact sport, and wearing protection while you play is crucial. There is a wide range of protective gear available on the market, and mouth guards, headgear, Achilles protectors, forearm and bicep guards are all acceptable additions to your kit.
Protective gear helps you to avoid injuries that can even be fatal and is crucial to some degree for anyone who plays the full contact version of the sport.
Prepare with Training Drills
Rugby drills are designed to help players improve their physical condition and their fitness levels and to build stamina and endurance too. From running point to point, in formation or in a stop-start format to drills that help with precision and passing, every player should be involved in these activities.
Practise Kicking and Catching
Like any sport, rugby takes practice. Both kicking and catching are vital skills for all positions of player, and regular practice sessions will ensure that these skills are honed correctly. Short and long-distance kicks and passes should be practised and will also help teams learn to work together and highlight players’ strengths and weaknesses.
Learn How to Tackle
Tackling takes skill, and any experienced player knows that you really have to commit or the end result will fall short. Learning the correct tackling technique stands players in good stead, and practising on bags during training is a great way to perfect a proper tackle that is both powerful and safe.
Some players are better suited to tackling positions, but all players should know how to tackle and how best to avoid a tackle too.
Pick the Right Position
Some positions require more speed and agility, while others need more force and endurance. Pick a position that suits your attributes and skills and your team will enjoy greater success.
Fast runners are best suited to wing, those with quick hands are great for scrum-half or full-back, and if kicking ability is crucial, then the stand-off position is ideal.