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Finding the Right Rugby Cleats

Finding the Right Rugby Cleats

Rugby players don’t use a lot of equipment. However, the one piece that all players need is a good pair of cleats. Learn more about rugby cleats here.
The Basics of Touch Rugby

The Basics of Touch Rugby

Playing touch rugby is one of the best ways to teach new players the fundamentals of the game. Learn more about the benefits of touch rugby here.
Stocking Your Rugby Kit Bag

Stocking Your Rugby Kit Bag

Rugby requires very little equipment to play; however, it can be handy to have certain supplementary items in your kit bag. Learn more about those items here.
Taping Your Ears in Rugby

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While most athletes use tape on their fingers and joints, some rugby players use it on their heads. Learn why and how rugby players tape their ears in this guide.
How to Curve a Rugby Place Kick

How to Curve a Rugby Place Kick

Some rugby place kicks are attempted from such extreme angles that a normal kick won’t get the job done. This guide explains how to curve a place kick.
Place Kicking in Rugby

Place Kicking in Rugby

A solid kicking game should be part of any rugby team’s attacking strategy, especially kicks for points. This guide focuses on the technique used for making a place kick.
Rugby's Drop-out Explained

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Occasionally in a rugby game, it’s advantageous for the defending team to kick the ball back to the attacking team. This guide looks at one such situation: The drop-out
How to Drop Kick in Rugby

How to Drop Kick in Rugby

In rugby, the drop kick is useful for gaining better field position or quickly picking up a couple of points. This guide explains how to perform a drop kick
Communication-based Rugby Drills

Communication-based Rugby Drills

Building good communication habits makes it much easier for a rugby team to work together. This guide identifies a few drills that improve on-field communication
On-field Communication Tips for Rugby

On-field Communication Tips for Rugby

The team that can quickly and efficiently communicate during a rugby game has a clear advantage. This guide describes how to develop good on-field communication habits
Tips for Clearing the Ruck in Rugby

Tips for Clearing the Ruck in Rugby

The ruck is one of rugby’s most frequent battles, and clearing out opposing players is the key to victory. Learn more about some important ruck-clearing techniques.
How to Clear the Ruck in Rugby

How to Clear the Ruck in Rugby

Winning the ruck is one of the most important abilities a rugby team can have. This guide identifies two of the more common ways to clear players from a ruck.
How to Pop Pass in Rugby

How to Pop Pass in Rugby

It’s important that rugby players learn how to make different types of passes. This guide focuses on the pop pass, and it explains when the pass should be used.
Rugby's Advantage Law Explained

Rugby's Advantage Law Explained 3 Comments

Rugby is a game of few laws, though some are more confusing than others. This guide looks at one of the most crucial laws in the game: The advantage law.
How to Make a Spin Pass in Rugby

How to Make a Spin Pass in Rugby 2 Comments

The ability to make a spin pass is one of the most crucial skills a rugby player can develop. This guide breaks down the steps involved in making a spin pass.
Scrum Movement in Rugby

Scrum Movement in Rugby

Winning the scrum is crucial to a successful attacking rugby strategy. Learn more about how the scrum can be moved, and the strategic benefits those moves provide.
Explaining the Offside Law in Rugby

Explaining the Offside Law in Rugby

The offside law is one of the most prevalent in the game of rugby, and it applies in many different areas. This guide explores how the offside law impacts the game.
Rugby Field Dimensions

Rugby Field Dimensions

Learn more about the specific measurements and marking designs of both Union and League rugby fields.
History of Rugby

History of Rugby

Though there haven't been many drastic changes to rugby since its onset, how the game even came to be is a bit surprising. Read all about the roots of rugby here.
Rugby Rules & Regulations

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With everything that goes on during a rugby match, it's sometimes difficult to understand exactly what's going on. This guide will shed some light on the rules of rugby.
Rugby Glossary

Rugby Glossary

Check out this Rugby glossary to find the sport-specific definitions for which you have been looking. From A to Z, we've got all the words covered.
How to Pick Your Rugby Position

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There are two types of rugby players &mdash forwards & backs &mdash and several positions within each group. Learn more about the jobs inherent to the different positions
The Rules of the Scrum

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Though it looks chaotic, the rugby scrum actually abides by a strict set of rules. This guide identifies and explains rugby’s scrumming laws.
Communicating with a Rugby Official

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During a rugby match, most of the talking is done between teammates. Talking to official, however, is sometimes necessary. Here are some tips on the right way to do so.
Protective Rugby Gear

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Though rugby is a physical game, players can use certain pieces of protective gear to decrease the risk of injury. This guide identifies commonly-used protective items.
Playing Rugby in the Mud

Playing Rugby in the Mud

Because rugby is played outside, it’s subject to the elements, which can have a serious impact on a game. This guide provides some tips for playing rugby in the mud.
How to Get in Shape for Rugby

How to Get in Shape for Rugby

Recreational rugby players occasionally have to take a few seasons off, for a variety of reasons. This guide provides some tips that will make returning to rugby easier.
Coaching Forwards in the Rugby Scrum

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Every player involved in the rugby scrum has a unique and important job. This guide breaks down each player’s role in the scrum.
Rugby Training Equipment

Rugby Training Equipment

Though rugby games are played without much equipment, many different accessories are used in training sessions. This guide identifies standard types of training equipment
Rugby Lineout Plays

Rugby Lineout Plays

It’s important for teams to include a solid lineout strategy into the overall game plan. This guide identifies several different plays that can be used at the lineout.
Teaching the Rugby Tackle

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Developing good tackling technique is one of the most essential rugby skills. This guide explains how to help new players learn to make effective rugby tackles.
Coaching the Rugby Lineout

Coaching the Rugby Lineout

Teaching the lineout is a vital part of any rugby team’s training strategy. This guide explains the two main lineout components from a coaching perspective.
Rugby League's Set of Six

Rugby League's Set of Six

League rugby is different from Union rugby, especially regarding how teams advance the ball. This guide introduces rugby league's set of six possessions game structure.
Rugby Tackle Training Drills

Rugby Tackle Training Drills

It takes many talents to be a good rugby player, but tackling is the most important defensive skill. This guide outlines some training drills used to improve tackling.
Rugby's Core Skills: Passing & Catching

Rugby's Core Skills: Passing & Catching

Learning to handle the ball is crucial to becoming a good rugby player. This guide identifies some key areas to cover when teaching players to pass and catch the ball.
Youth Rugby Training Exercises

Youth Rugby Training Exercises

It's vital to help young rugby players learn the basics of the game before focusing on strategy. This guide identifies some useful training drills for new players.
An Overview of the Rugby World Cup

An Overview of the Rugby World Cup

The most prized possession in the rugby world is the William Webb Ellis Cup, awarded to the team that wins the Rugby World Cup. This guide explains how the Cup works.
Rugby Sevens Explained

Rugby Sevens Explained

Though most people focus on the Union code of rugby, a few different types are played around the world. This guide introduces Sevens Rugby & highlights its main features.
Rugby Signals: Scrums, Rucks & Mauls

Rugby Signals: Scrums, Rucks & Mauls

Because rugby is a pretty continuous game, it's occasionally hard to follow the action. This guides identifies common referee signals found at scrums, rucks and mauls.
Rugby Signals: Game Play

Rugby Signals: Game Play

A lot can happen very quickly during the course of a rugby game. This guide identifies common game play situations, and describes the referee signal used for each call.
Rugby Signals: Penalties

Rugby Signals: Penalties

Though usually unintentional, penalties do happen during a rugby game. This guide identifies some of the more common penalties, and describes the hand signals for each.
Catching the High Ball in Rugby

Catching the High Ball in Rugby

Most of the action in a rugby game happens right at field level, but sometimes the ball makes a vertical departure. This guide explains how to field a highly-kicked ball.
Defensive Rugby Strategy

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Though the points are scored on offense, good defense is the key to offensive opportunities. This guide examines a few of the more crucial parts of defensive strategy.
Rugby Training with Olympic Lifts

Rugby Training with Olympic Lifts

Looking for a way to improve or add to your workout routine? This guide describes a few common olympic lifts, and explains how using them can make you a better player.
Preventing Common Rugby Injures

Preventing Common Rugby Injures

Rugby is a rough game, and players frequently get injured. However, some injuries are avoidable. This guide identifies some simple ways players can stay healthy.
Teaching Sportsmanship in Rugby

Teaching Sportsmanship in Rugby

Though their are laws to govern a game, only because players agree to accept those rules is the game played. This guide explains the importance of sportsmanship.
Winning the Rugby Maul

Winning the Rugby Maul

Though it doesn't get used much, the maul can be a powerful way to move the ball. This guide identifies several key strategy points involved in creating & using a maul.
Rugby Penalties Explained

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What happens when a player handles the ball illegally, or interferes with another player? This guide explains what happens when a player breaks a rugby law during a game.
Carrying into Contact for Rugby

Carrying into Contact for Rugby

At some point, every rugby player will carry the ball & have to deal with opposing players. This guide explains how to handle being tackled with the ball.
The Rugby Scrum: An Overview

The Rugby Scrum: An Overview

One of the most well-known elements in the game of rugby is the scrum. This guide explains in detail why the scrum exists, how scrums work & which players are involved.
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