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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rugby Field Dimensions

Rugby Field Dimensions

Learn more about the specific measurements and marking designs of both Union and League rugby fields.
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.
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.
Common Rugby Injuries & Treatments

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Rugby is a rough game, and players get hurt sometimes. This guide identifies rugby injures that frequently occur while playing, and explains how they should be treated.
Rugby Positions Explained: Forwards

Rugby Positions Explained: Forwards

Most players you see involved in rucks and scrums are forwards. This guide identifies the different forwards positions & explains their various responsibilities.
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.
How to Make a Spin Pass in Rugby

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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.
Surviving Your First Rugby Practice

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From the training structure to the expectations, this guide explains what a first-time player should anticipate out of their first time at rugby practice.
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.
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'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.
Explaining Rugby Culture

Explaining Rugby Culture

This guide provides insight about what draws people to the game of rugby, and addresses some common misconceptions that uninformed people have about the game as well.
Rugby's Advantage Law Explained

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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.
The Effective Rugby Tackle: Positioning

The Effective Rugby Tackle: Positioning

Good tackling is crucial in rugby, and it all starts with being in the right place. This guide explains how to put yourself in the right position to make a tackle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 Effective Rugby Tackle: Contact

The Effective Rugby Tackle: Contact

Most players won't just let you tackle them. This guide explains how to properly make contact when tackling a player by breaking the moment down into different parts.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
The Rugby Ruck Explained

The Rugby Ruck Explained

Rugby is a game of constant battles, and the ruck is one of the most prominent battle types. This guide explains how a ruck works, and explains the strategy behind them.
Rugby's Scoring System

Rugby's Scoring System

Winning a game means having the most points. This guide describes the four ways points may be scored in rugby: the try, conversion goal, penalty goal, & drop goal.
Rugby Positions Explained: Backs

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Most of the time, when a player runs with or kicks the ball, that player is a back. This guide identifies the different backs positions & explains their responsibilities.
Preparing for Rugby's Physicality

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It's a fact: rugby is a very physical game. This guide will help new players become accustomed to the high level of physicality they're expected to handle.
Rugby Passing & Kicking Techniques

Rugby Passing & Kicking Techniques

Moving the ball is crucial to scoring points. Inside this guide are a variety of ways to get the ball to your teammates beyond a simple toss, both throwing and kicking.
The Effective Rugby Tackle: Finishing

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Everyone wants to make a big hit, but it's just as important to know what comes next. This guide describes what can happen after a tackle, and how to react accordingly.
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.
Evasive Rugby Maneuvers

Evasive Rugby Maneuvers

Want to move with the ball better? This guide identifies several avoidance and misdirection techniques you can use to improve your ability to run with the ball.
Team-Wide Rugby Strategy

Team-Wide Rugby Strategy

Working well as a team is one of the best ways to wing rugby games. This guide explains how individual player decisions are made based on the team's overall strategy.
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.
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
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
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.
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