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Learning The Player Positions in Rugby

To begin, the sport of Rugby is not for the faint of heart. The game is very physical and often times can be described as down right brutal. If you are reading this you probably already know that. If you are just getting started with the game, then of course it is very important you learn the positions of each player.

Learning All The Positions

There are a total of 15 players on each team, 8 Forwards and 7 Backs, plus up to 8 players on the bench. If you are brand new to the game and wondering what position would be good for you, a good way to decide would be considering your body type. Typically the large players with more power play as Forwards and the smaller players play as Backs. The Forwards provide the brute force and power for the team while the Backs are typically lighter and faster.

First, are the players that play as Forwards:
The loose-head prop: the player who wears the jersey number 1.
The hooker: the number 2.
Tight head prop: The number 3.
The second rows: Numbers 4 and 5.
The blind (far) side flanker: Number 6.
The open side flanker: Number 7.
The 8 man: Number 8

Now for the players that play as Backs:
The Scrum-half: Number 9
The Fly-half: Number 10
Inside center: Number 12
Outside center: Number 13
The wings: Numbers 11 and 14
The Full-back: Number 15

Before you attempt to join in on a game, it’s highly recommended that you watch at least a couple games first because it’s very fast paced and aggressive. The video below gives a great animated visual of all positions in Rugby.