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Rugby Rules & Regulations

Rugby Rules & Regulations 16 Comments

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.
Taping Your Ears in Rugby

Taping Your Ears in Rugby 7 Comments

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.
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.
Defensive Rugby Strategy

Defensive Rugby Strategy 4 Comments

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.
Teaching the Rugby Tackle

Teaching the Rugby Tackle 3 Comments

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.
Protective Rugby Gear

Protective Rugby Gear 3 Comments

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.
Common Rugby Injuries & Treatments

Common Rugby Injuries & Treatments 3 Comments

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.
Preparing for Rugby's Physicality

Preparing for Rugby's Physicality 3 Comments

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'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.
Coaching Forwards in the Rugby Scrum

Coaching Forwards in the Rugby Scrum 2 Comments

Every player involved in the rugby scrum has a unique and important job. This guide breaks down each player’s role in the scrum.
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.
The Rules of the Scrum

The Rules of the Scrum 2 Comments

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 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.
Rugby's Drop-out Explained

Rugby's Drop-out Explained 2 Comments

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
Rugby Positions Explained: Forwards

Rugby Positions Explained: Forwards 1 Comment

Most players you see involved in rucks and scrums are forwards. This guide identifies the different forwards positions & explains their various responsibilities.
Rugby Positions Explained: Backs

Rugby Positions Explained: Backs 1 Comment

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.
The Effective Rugby Tackle: Finishing

The Effective Rugby Tackle: Finishing 1 Comment

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.
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.
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
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.
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.
League Rugby vs. Union Rugby

League Rugby vs. Union Rugby

Though some people don't know it, there are actually two different codes of rugby:Union & League. This guide identifies & explains the main differences between them.
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.
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.
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.
Understanding Rugby Kicking & Lineouts

Understanding Rugby Kicking & Lineouts

Though the action doesn't stop very often, occasionally a rugby game must be restarted. This guide introduces a few common set plays: the Kick-off, Lineout and Drop-out.
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.
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.
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.
The Mechanisms of Rugby

The Mechanisms of Rugby

This guide explains how some of the more common structures of the game work: the kickoff, scrum, ruck, maul, and lineout. It will also explain the purpose each serves.
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.
A Parent's Guide to Youth Rugby

A Parent's Guide to Youth Rugby

This guide is dedicated to the parents of younger rugby players. It explains the modifications that get used to keep young ruggers safe, from field size to physicality.
How to Find a Rugby Club

How to Find a Rugby Club

Ready to play rugby, but not sure where to start? This guide features some ways to find a rugby club to join, as well as an overview of what it'll take to sign up.
Buying Rugby Equipment

Buying Rugby Equipment

This guide features a description of some of the items normally found in a rugby player's kit, or bag of equipment, from game gear (cleats) to safety gear (mouth guard).
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